The new GOP coalition and other commentary

The new GOP coalition and other commentary

Election journal: The New GOP Coalition

America’s increasing diversity and minorities’ changing attitudes ­toward Democratic policies could mean a bigger tent and more victories for Republicans, predicts Hugo Gurdon at the Washington Examiner. “President Trump, whose critics call him a racist, won a higher proportion of black and Hispanic votes than Republican presidential candidates have for a long time,” in part because “minorities, who’ve mostly voted blue since the 1960s, realize increasingly that Democrats keep them down rather than lift them up with egalitarian programs.” School choice and deregulation, for example, put Republicans “on the side of the little guy,” and minority voters are drawn to this more and more. It’s not hard to see how minorities will be part of “a middle- and lower-class Republican coalition” that “will contend for power in election after election.”

From the left: Dems’ State-Legislature Woes

In podcast excerpts posted at Slate, Mother Jones senior reporter Ari Berman laments that last week’s races for state legislative seats “didn’t turn out” the way Democrats had hoped. State legislatures will “draw districts for themselves and for the House” next year, and that’s “going to determine who’s in control of these legislatures for the next decade.” Yet “Republicans basically held all of their vulnerable chambers and seats. And right now it looks like, with a few exceptions, the post-2020 redistricting cycle is going to look very similar” to post-2010, when the GOP dominated. “You can be sure as hell that Republicans are going to do everything they can to try to entrench their power after 2020.”

Campaign note: Media Put Thumbs on the Scale

The presidential election was a lot closer than pundits predicted, so while “Joe Biden may have eked out a victory,” the media lost any ­remaining credibility, contends Mark Hemingway at RealClearPolitics. Mainstream outlets sacrificed the truth “to go to war with Trump,” and now “the time when the media functioned as a trusted intermediary” to deliver the news has passed. “Trump supporters feel, with good reason, that their guy was never” given a fair shot. If Trump’s presidency has ­accomplished nothing else, at least it’s now “impossible to pretend ­major media outlets aren’t willing to put their thumbs on the scale.” Of course, they aren’t likely to change. After all, Hemingway sarcastically jokes, they must use their influence “to save democracy, and another presidential election is only four short years away.”

Foreign desk: Macron Stands Tall — and Alone

At Spectator USA, Douglas Murray flags how French President Emmanuel Macron “has been left alone on one of the most dangerous and delicate ledges of our time: that of Islamic extremism.” He has been “condemned from Ankara to Islamabad” for his moves to counter a wave of terror attacks. He says French secularism is nonnegotiable, while making plain that “his enemy — France’s enemy — is a radical form of the religion.” But: “Did Angela Merkel at any point join her French counterpart in condemning the pattern of violence” that followed “the exhortation of the extremists” by the leaders of Turkey and Pakistan? “No — she remained ­silent,” as if protecting “the principles of the French Republic is of no interest to Germany.” And Canada’s Justin Trudeau “even seemed to side with the Turks.” The silence even of the British government is “to our shame, not his.”

From the right: Bloomberg’s Hawkfish Flop

During his short-lived presidential bid, Mike Bloomberg launched a Silicon Valley outfit called Hawkfish to boost Democrats’ digital efforts and help ensure a blue wave, recalls National Review’s Tobias Hoonhout. Its senior consultant claimed Hawkfish would help campaigns “make smarter decisions,” yet the company’s “impact — and Bloomberg’s efforts writ large — appear to have fallen flat.” The millions spent on last-minute negative ads in Florida, Ohio and Texas failed to “make up for the lack of a Democratic ground game.” The GOP took all three states because it knows, as the Florida GOP director said, there’s “no substitute for a strong grassroots effort.” Bloomberg clearly miscalculated, because in the end, “Democrats faltered.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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