Democrats ramrodded extensive absentee voting, because they knew lazy leftist and “machine” voters went their way and because in-person (esp. late-deciding) voting would favor Trump greatly. Well, kudos to them – they prepared the battlefield for their favor while Trump just walked in to the ambush with apparently misguided confidence.
Politics is not unlike war or person-to-person combat. I always teach my children that in Judo and Jujitsu as well as real fighting you don’t put yourself in a bad position and try to work out of it. You don’t even fight from a neutral position. From the get-go, you always find some biomechanical or positional advantage and then snowball that advantage into a dominating victory.
When they’ve secured the high ground and the longbow, an uphill charge by the flower of the American deplorability isn’t enough to win the day no matter how heroic the charge.
There’s just not much in the way of “victim” points to take advantage of, though, if you are an East Asian male, not least because you present A Problem for the narrative of a inveterately white supremacist America. You aren’t outright hated unless you break PC pieties (in which case, nothing protects you) like you are if you are a white male, but that’s about it, and in education admissions, you have it worse.
The reason why the GOP hasn’t been able to take effective advantage of this is the same reason that they’ve struggled with other demographics: economic ideology that is popular with no one but their donors. The good news is, younger Republicans (Josh Hawley) are waking up to that, and the kind of woke neoliberalism the Democrats are embracing is a juicy political target. Nor does it hurt that other politically toxic demographics that can only survive in the Beltway, such as the neocons, are gravitating toward the Democrats. The bad news is, American politics is dominated by geriatrics. Until McConnell croaks, the GOP Senate is going to be mentally stuck in the world of 1994.
As a side note, one thing that is under-commented on is how hostile woke strivers tend to be to young men in general who don’t belong to their world, or to a “protected” group. Again: Asian (and Hispanic) young men who don’t fit that mold for whatever reason aren’t outright loathed like their white counterparts, but they also don’t hold the sacred cow status that blacks do, and even a lot of young black men tend to be turned off by a party that seems to think something is wrong with being a traditional masculine male. Who wants to vote for the party of the HR department?
One of the biggest political questions of the next few years is how progressives will deal with the corporatist left weaponizing Wokeism against the progressive left’s economic populism. A federal minimum wage, UBI, and Medicare-for-All are popular causes championed by progressives, but they’re not popular with the Democrat establishment. The progressives who fell in line behind Biden/Harris don’t look like they’re going to get anything for it. When their complaints are met with charges of racism, sexism, etc from the office of the vice president, how will they respond?