Republican Party will use the bogeyman of “critical race theory” to mobilize white voters anxious about demographic change

The obligatory political postmortems and “explainers” that followed McAuliffe’s defeat tell a tale of dueling agendas. Predictably, Democratic “moderates” are blaming “progressives” and “liberals” for being too “woke,” which supposedly translates into “suburban voters” — largely a euphemism for easily frightened white people — flocking to Youngkin and the Republican Party.

Predictably, the more liberal and progressive wing of the Democratic Party and the media class have come to the opposite conclusion, arguing that McAuliffe’s inability to address questions of race and justice in any substantive way — and specifically his inability to rebut the campaign of lies and propaganda around public education and racism — demobilized Black voters in particular, a sure path to defeat.