There is nobody who will cheer more for the sentiments in this article than Republicans, conservatives, and Trumpians. And since I align with the middle of those three, I probably shouldn’t even be telling you this. :-)
I was reminded of this exchange on Bill Maher’s show immediately after the election. The operative exchange is delivered between 2:20 and 2:35:
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The election went to Trump because the Democrats neglected the white working class that had been “theirs” for decades. That’s what knocked the blue wall in the northern midwest down, shifting three key states into the GOP column and nearly tipping Minnesota over as well. The attitude in the above article, which is the same attitude that went national in last’s week’s scrum over who will lead the DNC, insures that they’ll never recover with those voters, for the simple reason that the neoMarxist (aka “progressive”) wing is too arrogant to reclaim them. Not that they would know how, anyway.
Demographically, the percentage of voters who are 65 and over will continue to grow until 2045–2050 or thereabouts. Millennials who identify as “progressives” need need to wake up, smell the coffee, and realize that they are electorally owned by the the Boomers for their entire working age lives. The more they push their social justice agenda, the less they have to say about working class issues, and the more petty and incompetent they seem to the Boomers (aka, “their parents”) who will control the elections for the next three decades (and wonder where their parenting went wrong).
That’s a long time to wait on winning another national election, and make no mistake about it; unless the Democrats show some love (well, “kiss ass” is probably more descriptive of what needs to be done) to the white working class voters in the US, they won’t see the inside of the White House again, UNLESS they come up with a candidate who is BOTH (a) a minority and (b) has the same gravitas and charisma as Obama, Bill Clinton, and JFK. There were THREE of these candidates only in the last 50 years, and now there’s the additional constraint that they must be a minority. Good luck. Anyone who mentally compares Cory Booker to Barack Obama and believes that Cory has the gravitas to be the “next one” is fooling themselves. And unless you can cure Elizabeth Warren of being old and white, that’s a dead end, too.
Hoping for a miracle is not a strategy. Neither is waiting for your opponent to fail.
Hope that helps. Well, not really. :-)