Republicans won big in the 2014 elections. They captured the Senate and gained seats in the House. But they didn’t do it by running to the right. They did it, to a surprising extent, by embracing ideas and standards that came from the left. I’m not talking about gay marriage, on which Republicans have caved, or birth control, on which they’ve made over-the-counter access a national talking point. I’m talking about the core of the liberal agenda: economic equality. [A Victory for the Left, November 4, 2014]Has Saletan not been paying attention over the last few years? The Left nowdays almost never mentions economic equality — white workers are a figure of hatred for the American Left, not a symbol. As Steve Sailer noted, "Instead of priding themselves on siding with the "workers of the world, they side with transgender CEO's." The modern American Left is obsessed with theories of "race" that become ever more elaborate and definitions of gender that grow ever more, uh, creative.
Saletan lists once progressive causes like "poverty," "median income," "real unemployment," "underemployment," "income inequality," and "labor vs. capital." Of course, there's one thing that all these things have in common—they are all symptoms of mass immigration. You can't talk about things like the transfer of wealth from labor to capital without talking about the mass influx of helot labor that any other generation of Leftists would have regarded as scabs and class enemies.
To the modern Left, the War on Whites is All They Have. And therefore, the dread word immigration goes totally unmentioned by Saletan—as does the example of Jeff Sessions in Alabama, who just won re-election—unopposed. It's hard to think of a more explicit statement of class warfare than Sessions's "Don't Give the Masters of the Universe Their Amnesty" speech —which goes totally unmentioned by Saletan.
This means that there is a real opening for the GOP to restructure itself as a National Conservative Party that champions workers and the national interest against the progressive coalition of plutocrats and their peons. Or as Roy Beck put it:
Brat victory/GOP immigration ads could lead to 2016 effort to be seen as Party of wage-earners, not Wall Street: Necessary for GOP to win.Unfortunately, this is still the Stupid Party we are talking about and the people who thought it would be a great idea to pass Amnesty are still in charge of the Grand Old Party.
— Roy Beck (@RoyBeck_NUSA) November 5, 2014
Don't be surprised if they blow it by betraying the people who voted for them in order to help their donors.