President Biden, no doubt inspired by some polling data, has been calling for workers to return to the office. Leaving aside all of the reasons why many don’t want to do this (e.g., wanting to avoid getting COVID, wasting time commuting, office bullshit, less flexibility in schedules), this strikes me as very stupid politically. If a key part of the Democratic coalition is college educated urban/suburban people, then it seems very stupid to yell at people to return to work when they don’t want to do so.
Of course, this is New Democrat policy making in a nutshell: pissing on your own base (and telling them it’s raining), while responding to short-term business concerns and profits, instead of realizing that cities and downtowns aren’t going to be like they used to be. As one person on the Twitterz put it:
They had two years to solve “The Chipotle can’t stay open if people aren’t at the office the Chipotle is in and have no choice but to eat Chipotle for lunch” and after two years they settled on “force everyone to go back to the office so they have to eat Chipotle for lunch”
Yes, Republicans are actively and aggressively malevolent, but New Democrats are not good. Nonetheless, if this does anger any Democratic-leaning voters, the New Democrats will blame it on ‘defund the police’ anyway.