Cultural Anxieties vs. Pragmatic Interests

Hussein Ibish, former Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine and an enthusiastic supporter of Heart of a Nation, is more than familiar with the political and ideological schisms within Israeli and Palestinian societies. Here he reflects on the deepening divide between the Democratic and Republican Parties.

“As Democrats and Republicans prepare for next year’s crucial midterm congressional elections, the two parties are not just offering different answers to similar questions, they are talking about completely different aspects of reality.”

“Parties often want to focus on different matters. But the extent to which Democrats are preparing to run on governance, the economy and recovering from the pandemic, while Republicans are laser-focused on culture and grievance, is remarkable.”

“The midterms will be about how much traction “culture war” issues can gain against an impressive commercial comeback under President Biden’s ambitious economically oriented agenda. The midterms appear set to pit emotional impulses against pocketbook concerns — and symbolic and cultural anxieties against pragmatic interests.”

Hussein Ibish is a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and a weekly columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and The National, where this article first appeared. He previously served as a senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, and executive director of the Foundation for Arab-American Leadership.

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