Reasonable people were split over Barack Obama's decision in 2016 requiring schools to provide bathroom choice to transgender children. But many questioned his timing. The then-president's edict was among a series of tone-deaf Democratic signals that helped enable Donald Trump's election victory.
It reminded blue-collar voters of a liberal elite that seemed to care more about creating newfangled rights than addressing majority concerns. Judging by Mr Obama's would-be successors, Mr Trump's taunting presence only reinforced liberal rectitude. The fixation on gender identity has grown sharply in the past three years.