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Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

This may be hard for some of you to stomach, but it's worth grappling with — it captures a rising dynamic in American politics.

What they're saying: Andrew Sullivan, once influential but now on an island, writes in his Substack newsletter, "The Weekly Dish," of a "sudden, rapid, stunning shift in the belief system of the American elites" — a "moral panic," he calls it.

  • Democrats, this Trump opponent argues, have taken "a sudden, giant swerve" left from their own recent past — "the left's war on liberalism."

Sullivan, 57, made a "A (Conservative) Case for Gay Marriage" in The New Republic in 1989 (32 years ag0), then was booted from New York Magazine last summer for what he calls "unacceptable politics." He writes that he keeps getting asked on Twitter: "What happened to you?"

  • "It’s trolling, mainly," he says. "And it’s a weapon for some in the elite to wield against others in the kind of emotional blackmail spiral that was first pioneered on elite college campuses."
  • Sullivan, an early supporter of Barack Obama, claims to have "exactly the same principles and support most of the same policies" that he did then: "In fact, I've moved left on economic and foreign policy."

"The real question," Sullivan continues, "is: what happened to you?"

  • "We all know it’s happened. The elites [are] increasingly sequestered within one political party and one media monoculture, educated by colleges and private schools that have become hermetically sealed against any non-left dissent."
  • "There is no neutrality. No space for skepticism. No room for debate. No space even for staying silent."

Sullivan's bottom line: "[L]iberalism is no longer enough."

Go deeper: Rise of the anti-'woke' Democrat

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Why it matters: Energy prices have climbed around the world due to extreme weather, rising demand and supply constraints. The costs have impacted the economic recovery from COVID-19.

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Why it matters: Pickups are the most profitable segment in the business and account for the first, second and third best-selling vehicles in the country. Without a serious pickup strategy, Tesla could miss out on a huge source of future income.