I was far from alone. Across the Rust Belt and Appalachia, Democratic Party leaders saw their party ignoring the rank and file of the white working class.
David Betras, chairman of the county Democratic Party in Youngstown, told Asma Khalin of NPR:
"Why did they vote for Donald Trump? Cause Donald Trump. I don't get it, but, amazingly, a man that s**** in gold-plated toilets was talking more to working people than the party's standard-bearer."Betras gave her an earful:
"The people here thought — wrongly — the national Democratic Party cared more about where someone went to the bathroom than whether or not these people had a job. And, so we're off-message."He tried to tell them they would lose Ohio and Pennsylvania, but noooooo:
"I told the campaign they were in trouble with blue-collar workers," he said with urgency. He tried to warn the campaign that if it "didn't retool [its] message," it would lose not only Ohio, but also other states with influential white, working-class voting blocs, like Pennsylvania and Michigan.The problem for Democrats is they took their base for granted.
Trump spent half the money and overcame a media that hated him, record high unfavorables, and sabotage in his own party.
That shows how important the Democratic Party base was.
They stayed home or they voted for Trump. Without them, all the experts would have been right, and Hillary would be president.
But Hillary's only pitch was she would be the first woman president.
The Democratic Party base in the Rust Belt had made enough history in electing Obama. They needed jobs now.
The good news for Republicans is Democratic Party leaders are dumber than rocks.
From the Daily Caller:
Sally Boynton Brown, a white woman running for chair of the Democratic National Committee, said Monday that if she is chosen to lead the party her job will be to “shut other white people down.”
“My job is to shut other white people down when they want to interrupt,” Brown said during a DNC candidate forum.
Brown, the executive director of the Idaho Democratic Committee, is running for the chair position against six other candidates, including three African-American candidates and one Hispanic, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez.
“My job is to shut other white people down when they want to say, ‘oh, no, I’m not prejudice; I’m a Democrat; I’m accepting,'” Brown bellowed during the forum, which was hosted by MSNBC’s Joy Reid.Democrats lost the Senate until at least 2020. There just are not enough Republican seats available in 2018.
The House could be lost for another decade, especially if Republicans maintain their overwhelming advantage at the state level through redistricting after the 2020 Census.
Democrats have played racial politics as they sewed up the black vote so tightly, there is no room for growth. They also have the Hispanic vote locked in. And they are making inroads among Asian Americans.
They have told themselves this puts them in good standing when white people lose their majority status and become a plurality sometime around 2050.
That is 34 years from now.
What are these bird brains going to do until then?
In 2008, 74% of the vote was white. Obama got 43% of that vote on his way to 53% overall.
In 2012, 72% of the vote was white. Obama got 39% of that vote on his way to 51% overall.
Last year, 70% of the vote was white. Hillary got 37% of that vote on her way to 48% overall.
So while the white share of the vote is shrinking, the Democratic Party's share of the white vote is shrinking faster.
And as we have seen in the congressional elections, this is not an anomaly.
Democrats have to figure a way to keep black and other racial or ethnic minorities happy while reaching out to the white majority.
Oh, and for the first time in their 163-year history, Republicans just won the Catholic vote, a religion that is dominant among Hispanics. That is the price of abortion.
But hey, all these cats in the Democratic Party have PhD's in political science and spreadsheets of data.
All David Betras knows is how to count votes in Mahoning County, Ohio.
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