First, the part of the column I agreed with: it's title.
Democrats have a white voter problem.How true. Democrats rely too heavily on minority voters. Nearly half the votes for Democrats come from 30% of the population.
White people supplied only 54% of the votes for Hillary on Election Day. While 88% of the black vote went to Hillary, They make up but 12% of the vote, and their number is not growing.
White people supplied 86% of Trump's votes. While the percentage of the population that is non-Hispanic white will decline over time, they will remain the majority for at least the next two generations, according to demographers, and after that they will remain the plurality party for at least the rest of this century.
Never in my life has the possibility been this high for the Democratic Party being the outcast party in Washington and most states for decades. In fact, Republicans have not been this strong in my life.
So Bouie states the obvious in the need for Democrats to target white voters while maintaining their lead among minority voters.
His strategy is to call Republicans Nazis, but indirectly:
It is far too simplistic (and inaccurate besides) to say that this white voter problem is purely a product of racial animus. But it does reflect the nation’s history as a herrenvolk democracy, where white Americans (or more precisely, those Americans of direct European descent deemed white) possessed primary access to opportunity, advancement, and upward mobility, as well as the full rights of citizenship.That paragraph betrays an over reliance on black history to explain this nation's past -- and I say this as a person who received A's in both his black history classes in college (the first helped me make the Dean's List my one and only time).
The racial politics Bouie indulges is by definition ad hominem. His argument is that people are only their color. True, there are white people, black people, and people of various races. But the conservative approach is to appeal to the brain, not the color.
But basing politics on race is easy and liberals by and large are lazy.
Thus, Bouie and other liberals do not have to argue the merits of federalizing and mandating hospitalization insurance. One simply has to elect a black president as the party's figurehead, call it Obamacare, and label anyone who disagrees a racist or a traitor to the race (or if you prefer, the gentler "disgrace to the race").
The brilliance of the strategy also gives it a short shelf life. Like striking a wooden match, you begin with a large flame that peters out and eventually dies.
Which is why six years after passage of Obamacare, Republicans are in command of nearly everything.
Bouie continues down the path by saddling the nation -- which just rejected racial identity politics -- with the label "herrenvolk democracy." The German adjective, as you can imagine, infers colonialism and Nazism. Herrenvolk is German for "master race."
This past election proved the Nazi Scare to be ineffective, but what else can he do but call Republicans names? His whole political philosophy is based on race.
Just as the Klan's was.
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