People reject right-wing agenda – Liberation News

Right-wing hopes of a landslide election that would give them significant majorities in Congress and control of vastly increased numbers of governorates have not materialized. The votes in some parts of the country are still being counted and other important data are still emerging, but at this point at least one conclusion can be drawn: there is a strong and determined current in society that wants to oppose the far right.

In Pennsylvania, far-right gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano was beaten 56-42 by his Democratic opponent in a state Biden won in 2020 by a single percentage point. In Georgia, long dominated by Republicans, Sen. Raphael Warnock has the advantage for a runoff against Trump-backed nominee Herschel Walker. Walker’s performance lagged Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp’s 8-point first-round victory – admittedly a right-winger but who has a public profile as an opponent of Trump and the extreme right. A similar gap can be found in Ohio, where Trump’s far-right ally JD Vance is up 6 points in the Senate race – much less impressive than the 26-point blowout won by the Republican Governor Mike DeWine. Far-right Gen. Don Bolduc was easily beaten 54-45 by vulnerable Democrat Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire.

Republicans are on track for a very narrow, possibly single-digit majority in the House of Representatives. It’s far from the convincing “ruling majority” that Republican leaders expected and despite the advantage they received from newly Gerrymandering districts that made some of their victories almost inevitable. Racist advertising campaigns inciting fear of “crime” do not seem to have had the desired effect.

But the clearest sign of millions’ desire to oppose the far right came in the five abortion-related referendums held across the country. In Kentucky and Montana, seen by ruling-class pundits as inevitably reactionary-dominated “red states,” voters rejected right-wing anti-abortion initiatives. Three states have overwhelmingly approved constitutional amendments to guarantee the right to abortion: Michigan by a 14-point margin, California by 30 percentage points and Vermont by 54.

Other electoral measures are also sources of hope. In Illinois, about 59% of voters backed a referendum to amend the state constitution to ban the introduction of anti-union “right to work” laws. In Massachusetts, voters approved a measure to impose a new tax on millionaires. A vote to expand access to Medicaid in South Dakota won convincingly with 56% support.

These victories were made possible not only by the tens of millions of people who voted on election day, but also by the vast number of people who organized and volunteered for campaigns that defeated right-wing forces. generously funded. They are an example of the kind of grassroots and sustained response we need nationwide.

The election results are a blow to the political standing of Donald Trump, who has used the election as a way to draw attention to himself and exact revenge on his opponents within the Republican Party. In an article titled “Trump is the Republican Party’s Biggest Loser”, the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal – the leading voice of the right-wing ruling class establishment – said: “Mr. Trump botched the election by 2022, and that could give Democrats the Senate for two more years.Mr Trump has had political successes as president, including tax cuts and deregulation, but he has led Republicans into a fiasco politics after another. Ron DeSantis is emerging as a potential alternative figurehead for the far right and the Republican Party as a whole.

While Republicans were disappointed and Democrats breathed a sigh of relief, in a sense it is remarkable that the Democratic Party was unable to do even better given the unpopularity of the politics of the right. Beholden to Wall Street and corporate America, Democrats were unwilling to articulate their own narrative on the economy, ceding that crucial ground to Republicans instead of offering a pro-worker plan to fight inflation and expose that it’s corporate greed — not social programs to prop up workers — driving up prices. Democrats had almost no say in the economy, having refused to fight for progressive aspects of their own agenda for the past two years like the American Families Plan. If the Democratic Party had pushed through the expansion of the Build Back Better social program instead of capitulating to a small internal right flank, it would have greatly improved its popularity. They won short-term victories by promoting several “more beatable” far-right candidates in the Republican primaries, but this maneuver still gave these candidates a massive public platform during the campaign and a opportunity to shape public consciousness.

That the Republicans underperformed against such a pitiful opponent speaks to the revulsion of their politics for a large part of society.

The complexity and highly varied nature of the US electoral system must also be taken into account. This skews the results in a way that makes the population seem less progressive than they actually are. The Senate itself is an example. Residents of California and Montana both went to the polls to elect senators on Tuesday. Idaho has a population of 1.9 million and California 39.2 million – yet the two states are equally represented with two seats. In the House of Representatives, congressional precincts are drawn so completely rigged that the outcome of the vast majority is never in doubt and the right has a built-in advantage in the majority of them. Such a small slice of the population votes in a jurisdiction that really matters for the outcome of the election.

The rigging of congressional district maps is often deeply racist in nature. Black, Latino and other oppressed communities are concentrated in certain neighborhoods and diluted in others to minimize their representation. This is in addition to racist voter suppression – both longstanding forms and more recent measures implemented as part of the wave of legislation passed in recent years by right-wing-dominated state governments.

The large number of people who reject the extreme right can also be mobilized to fight for the end of this oppressive, irrational and undemocratic system. Elections will be landmarks as this fight unfolds, but the fight will be won by millions of people in the streets determined to defend democratic rights and build a whole new kind of society.

Ryan H. Bowman