Analysis |

Not Just Biden vs. Trump: The Left Everywhere Still Hasn’t Found a Way to Confront Right-wing Populism

The center-left still finds it difficult to accept that a political camp with a willingness to appeal to voters’ base instincts starts any election campaign with an advantage

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

As this is being written, it seems likely that Joe Biden will eke out a narrow victory in the U.S. presidential election over Donald Trump. But while the prospect of the incumbent avoiding defeat is looking slimmer by the hour, in one sense, at least, Trump has not lost. 

The grossly exaggerated expectations of a Democratic blowout, a landslide for Biden, fueled by overoptimistic readings of polls and forecasting models, haven’t only evaporated, but the Republicans can now credibly claim that if it weren’t for the once-in-a-century pandemic, their candidate would have won comfortably. It also isn’t looking like the “trifecta” of White House, Senate and House in Democratic hands will come about. 

Comments