November 2020: When holding leftist beliefs officially became a sign of monotonous conformist thinking
How did Biden pull off his victory?
He didn’t do as well with minority voters as every presumed he would.
The Catholic vote continued to hover around 50% like it has for 20 years.
So what did it?
You see, only rubes, hicks, rednecks, wife-beaters, and Elvis fans vote for Trump. In order to mark yourself as (oh so) above the unwashed, you vote Democrat. And if you’re really smart and want people to know how good you are, you fly rainbow (like I see at Notre Dame University) or BLM banners (like I saw on Lake Shore Drive in ritzy Grosse Pointe over Thanksgiving weekend).
I had that feeling throughout 2020: the feeling that Biden voters looked at their leftist support as badges of virtue . . . of being “with it” . . . of wokeness . . . of truly understanding things.
“Nothing,” this poseur line seemed to say, “signals intellectual distinction like agreeing with the New York Times.”
And it was reinforced, I felt, by suburban living, where conformity is, was, and always will be, the enduring trait. We laugh at the 1950s cookie-cutter houses, competition to get the newest TV, buying a paneled station wagon, keeping the wife in the kitchen, and voting for Ike.
But now everyone in the suburbs has two incomes, the most-recent iPhone, and McMansions.
And votes for Biden.
That, anyway, is how I felt.
I had no proof.
Trump 2020 outdid Trump 2016 in almost all of the demographics: blacks, Hispanics, Asians, women.
But not among white men.
Especially white men in the wealthy suburbs, which went overwhelmingly … Read the rest