Why is the Right so unattractive?

Article subtitle: 
There's a reason disenchanted liberals won't switch sides
Article author: 
Douglas Murray
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Article date: 
22 January 2022
Article category: 
National News
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Since 2016, the American Left has desperately cut itself off from reality: its unwillingness to concede that Donald Trump won the election precluded the Democrats from being able to consider why their candidate lost. But the American Right is equally capable of deluding itself. In fact, with Biden in the White House, it is now as much a problem for the American Right as it was for the Left during the Trump years....

... why, in the face of the current Leftist orthodoxies, are so many on the traditional Left reluctant to admit they now have more in common with the Right?

After all, previous generations of American public figures had no problem with making a move from Left to Right and admitting as much....

Why won’t thoughtful ex-liberals consider joining the Right? Well, perhaps it has something to do with the type of conservative they’d be associated with....

What liberal or former liberal would want to find themselves in an ideological movement in which opposition to the right to abortion, opposition to no-fault divorce, and a nostalgia for the era before the invention of the pill are commonplace?...

And yet in America, the desire on the Right to mix religion and politics remains a significant temptation.... All of which is to say that this overlap between politics and religion remains a special type of kryptonite to any separation-of-church-and-state liberal. ...

After all, why would people who share 95% of your political attitudes not wish to join you? More often than not, the answer is not because of any lack of fortitude, but because of that 5% of beliefs you had hoped they might overlook....