Why The American Radical Right Is Powerful And The American Left Is Meaningless.
You have power in electoral politics when you can deliver or deny votes and money and get people elected or un-elected. That’s the bottom line.
[The radical right] have power because they have solidarity and they expect and get results from their representatives. The American left refuses to use power when it has it, and its members just want performative leftism from the likes of AOC. They don’t want or expect results and they display little solidarity, and that why for over 50 years the left in the US (and the UK) has staggered from defeat to defeat.
I don’t know how Welsh feels about the phrase “virtue signaling,” but it comes to mind here.