I couldn't agree more, Kevin. Governor Cuomo's ascension to Rockstar of the Democratic party should tell us all we need to know on how the Republican and Democratic parties have gradually morphed into immaterial reflections of one another.
Comments from Cuomo like "It's all self-imposed. If you didn't eat the cheesecake, you wouldn't have a weight problem." in reference to people contracting COVID-19 highlight the dueling sadism that undergirds the governance of both parties. The net effect is the dithering of politics away from any material or economic concerns to now only contain the realm of libidinal culture-warfare.
Beyond that, it's not even pragmatic politics, as evidenced by the large gains made in POC voters for Trump, and the down-ballot Democratic massacre that accompanied it. A deadlocked Senate is likely only to exacerbate the death-spiral the Democrats have set themselves up for in 2022 and beyond.
But, perhaps the goal isn't even to "win" anymore. At least, not in the traditional political sense. Instead, as the infrastructures for change have been hollowed out, "winning" has more so come to mean running failed campaigns that generate millions in donor dollars that then get funneled into the DCCC, enriching a select few. Or, perhaps the Democrats at the level of leadership really are just this brash and incompetent. Nancy Pelosi is 80 years old after all and clearly, has lost a step or three by any objective metric. Most likely it's some combination of the two and more.
Great article, by the way.