Democrats have been excited about the 2018 mid-term elections. Polls suggest that they have a very good chance of taking a majority of seats in the House of Representatives, and a 1-in-3 chance of taking the majority in the Senate. Their base has been fired up by the despotic behavior of the Trump administration and their mates in Congress, and they are looking for a change.
And then Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.
There has been plenty written about Kavanaugh. We won’t try to duplicate that. Suffice it to say that from a communist viewpoint, any nominee offered by either Republicans or Democrats will be a tool of the ruling class. Some may rule more favorably on issues affecting the working class, some may not, but all will protect the basic structures of imperialism, class, patriarchy, and race. Kavanaugh — a liar, drunk, and abuser of women — is different only in the details.
Since the nomination of Kavanaugh, and the push-back against him, the Republican base has been energized to be more active. They see criticism of Kavanaugh as criticism of the conservative agenda, and in fact it is. They aren’t wrong about that. And so more of them are planning to vote for conservative candidates, which has shifted the nature of the upcoming mid-terms from a probably Democratic win to – to what? A less solid win? Something closer to a tie? It remains to be seen.
American politics in general have taken a shift to the right. It’s important for communists to take that into account. While the country at large continues to talk about right vs. left, conservative vs. progressive, the truth is that it is the far right vs. the center. The left, composed of socialists, anarchists, and communists, is so small as to not be much of a factor. The widely-touted rise of “democratic socialism” is really a surge of interest in social democratic topics. At least “socialism” is no longer a dirty word, and there will be many who will actually become socialists despite the social democratic nature of the DSA, Sanders, et al.
This is not a call to arms. The North Carolina Communists are not saying “vote Democratic this November like your life depends on it.” We’re saying, here is a Marxist perspective on the upcoming election which we hope you will take into account when you decide what to do. Vote, don’t vote. Vote Democratic, vote third party. But know what you’re doing and why. Don’t let the fear-mongers among the so-called left scare you into voting for class enemies because they “aren’t as bad” as the other class enemies.