The voters whom the Democratic Party has to court, according to the New York Times, fresh from the meth lab junglelands or something:
Mrs. O’Connell is a registered Democrat. She voted for Bill Clinton twice. But she has drifted away from the party over what she said was a move from its middle-class economic roots toward identity politics. She remembers Mr. Clinton giving a speech about the dangers of illegal immigration. Mr. Trump was lambasted for offering some of the same ideas, she said.
“The Democratic Party has changed so much that I don’t even recognize it anymore,” she said. “These people are destroying our democracy. They are scarier to me than these Islamic terrorists. I feel absolutely disgusted with them and their antics. It strengthens people’s resolve in wanting to support President Trump. It really does.”
In other words, extortion. These voters will turn on candidates who aren’t committed to Making America Great Again.
Let me write plainly: voters who lament the emphasis on gay rights and Black Lives Matter shouldn’t be in the party, or, at the very least, Democrats should expend no energy courting them. They’ll find their natural home in the GOP, just like the pre-1964 Southern Dems after Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act; eventually those voters wandered over to Richard Nixon during the ’68 election. Whether the Dems should have nominated Hillary Rodham Clinton and stopped being so goddamn stupid about local races — those are legitimate points, about which political scientists who earn more than I do have published two dozen articles since November.
Back to the beleaguered moderates:
“The name calling from the left is crazy,” said Bryce Youngquist, 34, who works in sales for a tech start-up in Mountain View, Calif., a liberal enclave where admitting you voted for Mr. Trump is a little like saying in the 1950s that you were gay. “They are complaining that Trump calls people names, but they turned into some mean people.”
The punch line: “They were making me want to support him more with how irrational they were being.” In other words, “Treat me nicely, and I might support taxing the rich.” Any voter who voted for Donald Trump in November thinking about “middle-class economic roots” is an imbecile who should sell bottled water on street corners. You care about your drinking water? Last week Trump okayed the dumping of coal mine waste into waterways. Apparently protecting an deservedly endangered species of an industry is fine so long as the drinking water has orthophosphates. And when Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell at long last get the ACA replacement on Trump’s desk those “middle-class economic roots” will get another pull. Articles like this, precisely because skittish editors respond to criticism about being elites, ignore black and Hispanic working class voters, many of whom didn’t vote for the racist president because they knew what he and the GOP would do with their new majorities.
Taxing the hell out of corporations, universal health care, avoiding stupid wars, and debt-free college — these are policies that even white working class voters can endorse without voting for the bigot.