Another Country Heard From

3 05 2022

Columbus, Ohio; Bentonville, Ark.

The most important election in the world this year for the purposes of our movement is one that has already happened, and, as I never fail to remind you, one that I witnessed first hand for almost the entirety of last month.

But in terms of the American right of center electorate, my conclusion before the start of this year was that the two big acid tests on whether things have really changed in that universe, or whether it’s just business as usual, were going to be J. D. Vance and Neil Kumar.

Both are this month, and Vance is in fact today. Kumar goes on the 24th.

If both win their primaries, then we know that the United States is in a middle of a once in a several generation political realignment, and that the right of center red team body politic is in the inevitable process of transitioning from doctrinaire conservative to populist-nationalist. If neither one wins, then not so not yet. If one of the two wins, then inconclusive.

And I write this regardless of what you or I or anyone else might think about Vance and Kumar. I’m sure over the last several months our sector has argued over them pro and con to fill up terabyte upon terabyte of server hard drive space. What I think all sides of those arguments can agree upon is that they are critical acid tests.


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3 05 2022
David In TN

Vance has won. He was gaining ground before Trump belatedly endorsed him. He would have won without Trump’s help.

4 05 2022
countenance

Saved me from having to say it. I see today that a lot of the postmortem is about how Trump’s endorsement made the difference. I think he would have won this even if Trump wouldn’t have endorsed anyone or endorsed one of the others.

4 05 2022
countenance

Twice as many votes for all Republicans compared to all Democrats. Furthermore, Vance got almost as many votes finishing with 32% in what was thought to be a four-way competitive race (341k) as the Democrat winner got in a foregone conclusion with 70% (357k).

4 05 2022
countenance

I see a lot of the conventional wisdom revolved around how close it was going to be. In the end, it wasn’t quite that close.

4 05 2022
countenance

It’s all over but the hysterical tweets and clickbait from the left and the non-populist right that the Nazi rednecks are taking over the world.

4 05 2022
countenance

It should be obvious to everyone now what has been happening in American political life since the middle of 2015 is a political realignment that involves two mass bases of people, one on the left and one on the right generally, finally understanding the two card monty that the establishment neoliberals and Conservatism Inc (et al) have played on them.

Which is why I was this close to cock sure before yesterday that Vance was going to win. These days, you’re not going to go broke betting on working class whites (“rednecks”) in the Republican Party and/or Squad-type ideologically charged liberal (supposed) populists in the Democrat Party, when the matter is contentious and up in the air.

Do not be surprised if a future Presidential race in the United States is or is something very comparably similar to J. D. Vance versus Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

4 05 2022
David In TN

In my opinion, if Samuel Francis was still here, he would be telling us the Populist Right would continue to gain if Trump left the scene tomorrow.

4 05 2022
Hard Right

I’m not exactly inspired with confidence.

4 05 2022
Hard Right

4 05 2022
David In TN

An observation of mine, based on more years of observing American politics than I care to admit is that “endorsements” are overrated, by national “names” especially. Elections are usually decided by local issues and the personalities involved.

Trump seems to have endorsed J.D. Vance (who had been a Trump skeptic) when it looked like Vance would win.

5 05 2022
Alex the Goon

Retruthed.

5 05 2022
countenance

Lots of bragging about Trump’s 468,227,003,577,771,838-2 record in endorsements. Duh, it’s because he (and most others) frontrun.

5 05 2022
notsam

Trumps endorsement gave Vance a 10 pt. bump.OTOH,Trump’s endorsement gave Dolan a 10 pt. bump.

5 05 2022
Hard Right

I don’t think his endorsement is going to help Cawthorn.

6 05 2022
countenance

Says that John Thune was getting ready to spike the football over his defeat, and that 70% of Senate Republicans were with him.

These people didn’t want Trump any more than they want Vance, and this is the receipt. It’s just that, once Trump won, they had to fall behind for red team loyalty, and for the most part, they liked what Trump did. But they were cloaking daggers all along. I think in the years to come, we’ll get even more receipts.

https://thefederalist.com/2022/05/05/j-d-vance-and-the-new-right-are-racking-up-wins-while-the-establishment-stabs-at-their-backs/

25 05 2022
countenance

Neil Kumar didn’t make it, and didn’t even get close, probably gonna be a 3-1 win for the incumbent when it’s all counted. It means that, of my two acid tests, Vance won, but Kumar didn’t. It means that the answer is that the American Republican electorate is in the process of changing, but not quickly enough.

I was thinking that Kumar would be the Dave Brat (2014) of 2022.

4 06 2022
Alex the Goon

Dual-citizen wins Repub nomination, after challenger concedes.
https://www.wnd.com/2022/06/mccormick-concedes-oz-pennsylvania-republican-senate-primary/
How many outside of Penn knew who the real challenger was? I only heard about the Turk and the Groid.

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