Imagine a general election campaign in which the Republican Party and the Trump campaign supplemented the president’s Twitter-based rabble-rousing and inevitable personal attacks on the Democratic nominee with a resolutely anti-socialist message — with socialism understood in this broad, comprehensive sense. The point wouldn’t be just to raise fears of higher taxes and bigger government but to fold that anxiety into the culture war, where Trump’s political skills are most formidable.
“It’s me or progressive totalitarianism” — that’s how Trump wins in 2020.
. The radicalization of the Democrats in response to Trump was inevitable, and damning. The only rule of the culture war at this point is that each side is doing everything it can to prove the other side right.