Will the GOP’s culture war gambit blow up in its face?

With new stories about “cancel culture” and “woke” outrage breaking every few days, it sometimes seems as if the culture war has swallowed up everything in American politics. Yet it’s also the case that over the past seven weeks, the Democrats have passed a $1.9 trillion economic relief package and advanced an omnibus bill to protect voting rights and a pro-union bill that would significantly reform the country’s labor laws.

Political reality in the earliest phase of the post-Trump era somehow combines both of those poles — and gaining our bearings requires making sense of how they can both be true, and might even be connected below the surface.


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