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The Left’s ‘big-turnout’ myth and other commentary

Election journal: Left’s ‘big-turnout’ myth

At City Journal, Nate Hochman recalls how “progressives take it as an article of faith that ‘a durable majority of Americans,’ in [Elizabeth] Warren’s words, would support a left-wing policy agenda, if not for various Republican-sponsored voter-suppression efforts, gerrymandering and anti-majoritarian institutions like the Senate and the Electoral College.” Republicans often seem to agree: In March, President Trump warned that expanding mail-in voting would mean “you’d never have a Republican elected” again. Yet this year’s election raises doubts: With a “record-high turnout,” the GOP “not only held its own” but “exceeded expectations at every level.” Joe Biden won “a comfortable victory” in the popular vote, but “the GOP’s resounding success in down-ballot races” dealt a “significant blow” to the myth that “a latent majoritarian mandate exists for the progressive agenda.”

From the right: Trump’s path to 2024

President Trump has little chance of overturning the election’s result, so Marc A. Thiessen at the Washington Post offers a way for him to “leave the presidency with the best chance to reclaim it in four years.” The key: “Cooperate with the Biden transition.” Trump needs to understand that millions “did not vote for him because they were tired of chaos.” With an “unprecedented farewell address,” he could announce plans to run again, “pointing his followers to the future and rallying them.” He can “lead the GOP to keep control of the Senate” in January and “retake the House in 2022.” Instead of the “beginning of a new progressive era,” Team Biden could be little more than an “interregnum — but only if Trump handles the next six weeks correctly.”

Financial beat: The Fed’s going green

Chairman Jerome Powell is signaling that the Federal Reserve is about to make “combating climate change” part of its “mandate,” reports Andrew Stuttaford at National Review. It’s “mission creep” of the kind that’s “now detectable in so many institutions.” Yet you’ve got to wonder: Do central banks really expect people to trust them to implement their own climate-change policy? (And maybe take on inequality and social justice next?) The Fed expects to soon join the Network for Greening the Financial System, 75 central banks looking to “better understand” the risks of climate change. Yet climate change poses no financial risk in any short-term horizon that can be conceivably assessed. “The fix,” snarks Stuttaford, “is in.”

Conservative: Closing schools = child abuse

Mayor de Blasio has closed city schools again, but COVID-19 at this point is “not an emergency, and we have to stop treating it like one at the expense of our children,” pleads The Federalist’s David Marcus. De Blasio’s move is based on an arbitrary promise he made to “teachers unions, who know they have him in their pocket,” even though there’s scientific consensus that “schools are not big spreaders of the virus.” Yet ignoring kids’ need for a decent education is “child abuse,” and parents must punish “politicians who steal this from our kids.” If we don’t “muster shame and demand action,” we’re failing the next generation and labeling our own as “the most cowardly and self-serving” ever. “End this madness now.”

Urban desk: Liberals limit upward mobility

An “Upward Mobility Index” from an Urban Reform Institute study confirms that “minority residents fail to achieve the upward mobility found in parts of the country often chided by progressives for their supposed backwardness,” reports the institute’s president, Charles Blain, at the Washington Examiner. California and New York cities “dominate the list of the least upwardly mobile,” while “places where housing prices and taxes are low, the regulatory framework for business is friendly and government, overall, is more constrained, provide a better shot” for blacks and Hispanics. What seems to be limiting minorities’ aspirations “is largely a progressive policy environment that discourages and, in some cases, bans new home building.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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