Towards the end of his book “How Democracy Ends”, David Runciman declared that: “American democracy will survive the Presidency of Donald Trump.” That was in 2018, and there was a hint of whistling to keep up the author’s spirits. He might be more relaxed now. Until the midterms, it appeared that Trump had a vice-like grip on the Republican Party: vice being the appropriate word. Up to then, he seemed to be an indispensable election-winner, so a lot of people who did not approve of him concealed their feelings. Now that some bizarre Trumpinista candidates have ensured that the Democrats held on to the Senate while the Republican majority in the House will be lower than it should have been, the mystique has gone.
It’s unfashionable to say so but the Tory decision of going helter-skelter for the Red Wall alone was a huge mistake.