Republicpolitics won by absence of normality

Looking at democratic politics right now means seeing a disordered dynamic unfolding in slow motion. Democratic officials came up with a long to-do list, which predictably led to internal party disputes over COVID relief, minimum wage, student loans, and immigration policy.

This is, of course, just the beginning: President Joe Biden’s term is just one month, and the Democrats will continue their chaotic efforts over the next few months and years, some of which will produce successful political results, some not.

As the Democrats proceed as the ruling party, their Republican counterparts don’t just offer different answers; they are also asking different kinds of questions. How much loyalty should the GOP show to its corrupt former president who lost his re-election by 7 million votes? To what extent should the party embrace outlandish conspiracy theories and their adherents?

How severely should the party punish its members for annoying Donald Trump? How democracy can be beaten to submission to achieve the goals of the GOP? How many times can members squeeze “Green New Deal”, “culture cancellation” and “socialism” into debates they don’t fit in?

Michael Gerson of the Washington Post, a former …

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