GOP’s multiracial challenge and other commentary

Election journal: GOP’s Multiracial Challenge

Based on last week’s election, Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Josh Hawley say the GOP’s becoming a “multiethnic, multiracial and working-class party,” Darel E. Paul at First Things reports. An Edison exit poll found President Trump’s support rose four points among blacks, Hispanics and Asians, making him “the most popular Republican presidential candidate” among minorities in 60 years. Yet keeping the party on this “trajectory” — pursuing a “socially conservative, multiracial, multiethnic, working-class populism” — will be a challenge for the right, post-Trump. The movement has “prominent leaders” like Rubio and Hawley but needs more. It also needs a “socially conservative, working-class agenda at the state level.” Absent a “conservative populist agenda, the Republican Party’s newfound electoral coalition will dissolve, and the opportunity of a generation will be squandered.”

From the right: Our Wars Never Seem To End

At Spectator USA, Daniel McCarthy wonders how long America’s wars can go on. The nation’s “longest war,” in Afghanistan, “just entered its 20th year,” and it’s been nearly a decade since Osama bin Laden’s death. The median age in Afghanistan is around 19: “Half the country’s population was born after the war began.” How long will we fight on? Judging from history, “somewhere between ‘a century or so’ and ‘indefinitely.’ ” After all, Afghanistan isn’t the only place where US troops remain deployed: “75 years after the end of World War Two we still have forces in Britain, Japan, Germany and Italy, and 67 years after the armistice between Seoul and Pyongyang, we remain on the Korean peninsula.” It’s time to focus on our own “nation-building.”

Libertarian: Biden’s Agenda — vs. His Record

As Joe Biden pushes an “ambitious” agenda, “it’s worth remembering the impact of the far-reaching laws” he helped pass, “which have created enormous suffering and exacerbated” still-critical problems, argues Reason’s Justin Monticello. “In the 1980s, Biden sought to escalate the drug war” and “co-sponsored legislation that locked up tens of thousands of predominantly young black men for minor crack possession.” The “infamous 1994 crime bill,” along with other Biden-pushed legislation, “expanded mandatory minimum sentences” and “drove up the local, state and federal prison populations.” In “the 2000s, Biden played a key role in expanding warrantless surveillance” and “starting disastrous foreign wars.” Indeed, his “only solution to critical issues over nearly five decades in office has been to grow the federal government” — and it’s “destroyed vulnerable communities and eroded civil liberties.”

Foreign desk: Putin Successor Might Be Worse

If health rumors prove true, Russia’s Vladimir Putin could be out by January, Paul Roderick Gregory speculates at The Hill. “But do not be hopeful for a democratic Russia”; his “inner circle would preserve the Putin system even without Putin.” Voters would have “little or no voice in the matter.” And the health rumors aren’t the only clue; as even the state-run RT media note, an amendment giving Putin and his family lifetime immunity from prosecution after resigning may be “a sign that the groundwork is being laid” for a transition. Who’ll come out on top after “an internecine battle royale among various interest groups of Putin’s inner circle” is “anyone’s guess.” But “we might have to get used to a new Russian president” even worse than Putin.

Data cruncher: We Really Do Hate Each Other

The 2020 election reaffirmed just how deep America’s division goes: “People not only disagree with those on the other side,” observes Vox’s Rani Molla, “they actively hate them.” Policy disagreements aren’t widening, but “animosity toward members of opposing parties is very high,” a study in Science magazine found. Americans are more likely to “hate the opposing side and consider them to be ‘different,’ ‘dislikable’ and ‘immoral.’ ” Meanwhile, stories we read and share online both reflect and aggravate tensions, with University of Virginia researchers finding conservatives tend to read more conservative content on Facebook. (The effect was less dramatic among liberals.) Beware what all this portends, says Molla: “The results of this kind of alignment are disastrous for a functioning democracy.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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