Campaign 2012: Obama to Abandon “White Working Class”

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 at 8:52 am
Barack Obama

Nothing like signaling your contempt for the majority in this country. In case you were wondering if this is from far-right paranoia web, relax, it’s from a far-left paranoia site.

For decades, Democrats have suffered continuous and increasingly severe losses among white voters. But preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.

All pretence of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment — professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists — and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic.

Because nothing says “all-American voter” likes social workers and therapists.

It is instructive to trace the evolution of a political strategy based on securing this coalition in the writings and comments, over time, of such Democratic analysts as Stanley Greenberg and Ruy Teixeira. Both men were initially determined to win back the white working-class majority, but both currently advocate a revised Democratic alliance in which whites without college degrees are effectively replaced by well-educated socially liberal whites in alliance with the growing ranks of less affluent minority voters, especially Hispanics.

Barack Obama 2008: Hope, change and bringing people together.

Barack Obama 2012: Screw those stupid white people.

Could you imagine the firestorm if Republicans explicitly stated they’re abandoning any effort at winning over  minority voters?

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3 Responses to “Campaign 2012: Obama to Abandon “White Working Class””

  1. diquesi on 28/28/11 at 12:00 pm

    As for Obama’s “hope” baloney, Benjamin Franklin said it best:

    “He that lives upon hope will die fasting.”

  2. srdem65 on 28/28/11 at 12:28 pm

    Ha! that’s like a guy who got kicked to the curb by his girlfriend telling his friends he was gonna break up with her anyway.