The Problem with Democrats
08 August 2017 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
Non-college-educated white voters have swung heavily toward Republicans. Democrats should also be worried about their disconnect with non-college-educated nonwhite voters, whose turnout declined precipitously in 2016.
On the other hand, when you look at the polling on specific "cultural issues," Democrats clearly have the edge. Why the gap?
One incredibly stupid answer is what its author calls "the hamburger problem." Democrats' are too ready to bother too many ordinary people about too many of their personal choices, all the way down to the hamburgers they eat. I disagree.
The true answer lies I think in the glaring contrast between Hillary and Bernie Sanders. I will list them--
a) Sanders genuinely cared about economic reform and people. Hillary did not. Hillary cared about herself, money and the Clinton Foundation.
b) Hillary was not above using dirty tricks (including how she disposed of Sanders). Sanders was.
c) Sanders wanted to tackle economic reform in too big and an ill-considered a way. Hillary could care less and just wanted to be the first woman president and preside.
d) Sanders was too old.
e) Both did well enough on the social issues.
From this comparison, it is clear that what the Democratic party needs are economically well educated, attractive, younger candidates who are reform minded but will not overreach, who genuinely care about people in the bottom 50%, who have a good platform and who are together on the social issues. That is enough to win and win big.
The big traumatic catharsis the Democrats are having overlooks that, even as a very undesirable candidate, Hillary won the popular vote even with her email problems and the Russians interfering. Democrats are hugely over reacting. And her opponent, Trump, did promise to drain the swamp, get rid of waste, and make America great again, in a vulgar enough way to hit home with Americans, even if he can't deliver. Americans understood his heart was in the right place.
Democrats need to get rid of the Republican redistricting problem, plan ahead much, much better than they are doing, and think seriously how best to take advantage of the mess Trump and the Republicans are making. And no one talks about how congress is bought off by rich special interests . . . except Trump on how he isn't. That needs to stop, too.
With these changes, Democrats could do much, much better. They need to work and think harder about what they are doing and planning to do, with less hand-wringing about whether Americans love them enough. They are not thoughtful enough, in my view, as Mr. Hamberger exemplifies.