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アボットの中絶とワクチンの動きは、共和党がどこに向かっているのかを正確に教えてくれます | 声

アボットの中絶とワクチンの動きは、共和党がどこに向かっているのかを正確に教えてくれます | 声
The GOP is changing rapidly – and the transformation is being driven by ambitious governors catering to a hardcore base out of political self-interest

に 1996, commentator and author Pat Buchanan launched an ill-fated campaign for president where he characterized himself as the leader of a political revolution ofpeasants with pitchforks.

Buchanan’s campaign sputtered after a surprising New Hampshire Primary win. それでも, Buchanan’s campaign, built around the energy of vocal and passionate supporters, planted a seed. 当時の, Buchanan railed aboutthe establishment,” fanned the flame of 文化戦争, and mocked George Will as ayappingpoodle.

It may have taken 25 年, but Buchanan’s vision of the 共和党 is coming to fruition – and that much is clear in the latest move by テキサス 知事 グレッグ・アボット, something nearly unthinkable in what might be called the “Before Trump” Republican era: an executive order banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates even among private entities. It follows an earlier executive order prohibiting private businesses from requiring proof of vaccination from customers.

By the Republican standards of even a few years ago, this is far beyond the pale. For the longest time, the GOP operated under the philosophy of “let the market decide”. Republicans rallied around the cause of Hobby Lobby refusing to offer several birth-control methods to employees as part of their healthcare coverage. They took up for Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who declined to create cakes with messages he said violated his religious beliefs.

二年前, Abbott signed a law dubbed theSave Chick-Fil-A Lawthat prohibitsadverse actionsagainst companies because of religious beliefs. The law came from the San Antonio City Council banning the construction of a Chick-Fil-A restaurant in the municipal airport, citing the company’slegacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.

But today, to quote Bob Dylan, “The times they are a-changin.

Besides the vaccine executive order, Abbott signed asocial media censorshipbill into law in September. The law restricts the ability of social media companies to ban users at will, and forces them to disclose moderation policies and open up an appeals process. The law also allows private individuals to file lawsuits to compel platforms to reinstate them.

Taken together, these measures are indicative of a major shift in the GOP from a business-centric, market-based ethic to a more populist one that favors government regulation as a means to political ends. This transition has been stark and rapid – and 2024 presidential hopefuls like Abbott have no choice but to follow suit.

一方 ドナルド・トランプ could easily win the GOP nomination if he chose to run again, the field will wide open if he decides (or is forced) to sit out. Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida has emerged as a putative successor, taking action after action to shore up his populist credibility; he has signed a social media bill into law, prohibited a private business from verifying vaccination statuses, and banned mask mandates in public schools.

Abbott is operating from the same playbook. Despite an upcoming reelection campaign for 2022, he is looking beyond the governor’s mansion in Austin towards the big neoclassical house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.

The question is whether or not such tactics work beyond the GOP’s hardcore base. These voters are amenable to the idea of expanding government power not just for business and financial ends, but in order to secure cultural preferences. It is challenging to say whether or not these moves will draw support in a general election, when Republicans will depend heavily on the direction the Democratic Party takes.

President Biden won a handy victory over Trump by running as a “moderate” candidate who would “unite” the country. 代わりに, since his inauguration, he’s run so far to the left on everything from spending to taxes that he’s managed to alienate two reliable Democratic senators, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

With his legislative agenda in trouble and the GOP well-placed to take back the House in 2022, Biden can’t afford any mistakes. If he and his party fumble things badly, he will open the door to a GOP challenge with some momentum behind it.

Abbott may well be facing a stiff challenge in next year’s gubernatorial race, most likely from fomer Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke. If O’Rourke manages to eke out a win, then all bets will be off – but should Abbott triumph easily despite his flurry of radically populist legislation and executive orders, he will have a fargreater chance of success in what will be a likely crowded GOP field in 2024.

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