As the year draws to a close, it’s time to take stock. Events can move so fast that they flummox our ability to make sense of them, especially in America’s goldfish-brained political discourse. Looking back on 2022 in American politics, the grand unifying theme is cultural reaction. In recent years America’s divided politics have created a dynamic where the party outside of the White House rages so hard that their followers’ collective ire tends to call the tune at the political dance. In the aftermath of the Trump presidency, conservatives have gone all in on cultural reaction.