“…many of them contradictory.”
None of the list I gave you was contradictory. It was the subset of his list that appeals to or has appealed to Democrats in the past.
“immigration, health care (Read: Special session to repeal ACA), and jobs. Whatever that means.”
- Everyone agrees, even forgetting the illegal situation, that our immigration system needs an overhaul. My in laws are all immigrants. What you have to go through to get here is nightmarish compared to other developed nations.
- The ACA is generally recognized even by its supporters to be failing, meaning that it’s funding mechanism cannot support the cost of the current structure going into the future. The GOP isn’t going increase the funding mechanism if there’s a better way forward, which there is. Hence, repeal and replace, or just amend, if possible.
- Jobs are jobs. In working class America, husband and wife are now working 3–4 low wage jobs to live the same lifestyle one manufacturing employee worked in the 1970’s. This is around 40% of America stuck in a rut with no political attention being paid to them; leading to, in 2016, what Nate Cohn of the NY Times referred to as “white working class America just started to vote like a minority group.” https://twitter.com/Nate_Cohn/status/796184879704711168
The rest of your first paragraph is hypothetical, for the most part. “He won’t do what he says he will.” Well, I hope he will, but when is that NOT the case? Bill Clinton ran on a platform a “no new taxes”, and raised them in the first month of 1993. Barack Obama ran on jobs jobs jobs, and turned around and expended all his political capital on the ACA. Both had consequences, Clinton in the 1994 election, and Obama in the 2010. So, if Trump doesn’t come through for his base, then you get to punish the GOP in 2018. Nothing new here, move along……
“We will not forget that the Republicans robbed Obama of a SCOTUS appointment that should have been his.”
Who is “we”? This is an issue that the college educated Dem elites care about. Not enough of those to swing a local school board election.
“…but I honestly don’t care about any of those issues you list.”
BINGO. That’s why Trump got elected. A substantial portion of the Democrat coalition picked that same vibe up from Clinton, picked up the opposite vibe from Trump, and switched sides in four manufacturing states. County by county that went comfortably for Obama in 08 and 12 went for Trump in 16.
“You get my drift.”
Completely. This discussion happened on Bill Maher’s show the other night, with Ann Marie Cox (who thinks like you do) and some guy I had never seen before who called himself the “redneck liberal”, trucking hat and a deep southern accent to boot. He looked right at Cox after saying pretty much what you just wrote, and said to her “Do you want to be right, or do you want to fucking win?” If the only remaining issues left in the Dem coalition are social justice and environmentalism…..you’re a regional party. People who care about putting food on the table do not care where transgendered children potty. Politics has to track Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The Dems at this point have abandoned the “physiological” and “safety” to the GOP and are concentrating solely on “love/belonging”. If that trend keeps up, you’re facing a day when you won’t even hold California, from an electoral standpoint.
But yes, I hope it works out too. :-) But, then again, I’m old enough to remember that electing Reagan was without any shadow of a doubt going to get us into a nuclear war with The Soviets. Didn’t work out that way.