One of you flagged this comment (which I mostly agree with) from David Brooks on the liberal NPR radio network:
Well, I think they’ve (the Obama administration) more or less quite rightly given up on the white working class. Ohio, Pennsylvania, those are going to be tough. They have to try to get the suburban voters. And I’m still a little down on this job market, this job report. Losing 315,000 people from the labor force, people don’t vote on the headline number. They vote on their lived experience. And if the 55-year-old guy next door is not even looking for work, that’s bad.
I don’t know if people vote lived experience or what they see on their teevees, but he’s actually right that the working class votes against incumbent presidents when the economy is bad. And it’s bad right now, especially for the middle-to-lower-middle-class. One of the reasons black and brown working class people will vote Democrat anyway is that the Republican party openly hates black and brown people. Also too one of the reasons the white working class votes Republican, no matter the economy, is that the Republican party openly hates black and brown people.
That’s just how it is. If the Republican debates had centered around plans to keep white working class people out of the country with sharks and moats and electric fences, then Democrats would be wise to use clips from these debates to appeal to white working class voters. But they haven’t, they’ve centered around bashing Latino immigrants. So it’s only logical, as mistermix says, that if you’re a Democrat, you see a big opportunity with Latinos.
What’s disingenuous, as always, with Bobo, is that if the economy was great, he’d say that John Q. Applebee was tired of the decadence and materialism, and wanted a return to the solid, earthy values of the Republican party. Or that John Q. Applebee wanted a strong leader to keep him safe from the Hitler du hour, economy be damned!