Biden's self-imposed ceiling

What unites the proposed rule from the Department of Education and progressive efforts to more widely open the country's border with Mexico is discomfort with defending American national identity. The antiracism agenda actively opposes the country as it is and has been in favor of a morally purified America of the future. Moral cosmopolitanism inclines toward placing the interests of American citizens ahead of, or at least treating them as equal to, duties to an abstract humanity that lies beyond mere national attachment. Both positions have the effect of making Democrats seem squeamish about forthrightly standing up in defense of the political community as it actually exists — and inclined to denounce as "racist" anyone who favors such a defense. There's a reason why Republicans continually revert to attacking "woke" trends and the new president's irresolution on immigration. They do so because those positions are unpopular. A Quinnipiac poll from mid-April found that just 29 percent of the country approves of how Biden is handling the southern border, and a Pew poll released on Monday contained many additional signs of discontent on the issue. (Yes, some of those unhappy about it could be cosmopolitan liberals wishing the president would admit many more immigrants, but there's no reason to think that such progressives outnumber those who are unnerved by what appears to be a highly chaotic and volatile situation on the ground.) Polling on hard-to-define and often locally proposed antiracism initiatives is harder to come by, but as Clinton administration veteran James Carville put it last week in a widely discussed Vox interview, "wokeness is a problem and we all know it."