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Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Democrats Should Write Off "The White Vote"
For whatever reason I am already hearing the pundit choir ringing changes on the inevitable Concern Chorus over Democrats losing the highly desirable wonderful White Vote blah blah blah. Such arguments tend to disregard the fact that working class white women, educated working class white folks, urban working class whites are all already part of the Obama coalition, and there is no reason to allow neo-confederate science-denying gun-nutty forced-pregnancy zealots to represent "The White Vote" in the first place, thank you very much. Obama already won nearly half of this shrinking demographic, what's to worry about? That aside, I do think Democrats are wrong to pander to aging undereducated straight white working class males. Not to put too fine a point on it Democrats should be focused entirely on getting working class women and people of color to the polls who historically don't participate in mid-terms in the same numbers they do in Presidential elections. I think pandering to the knuckledraggers turns off more likely voters than it gains (and usually such "pandering" just translates to advocating more stupid evil crap to nobody's benefit in the longer term), while making a targeted case to working class women and people of color will reach reachable working class white males anyway. Raise the minimum wage against Republican opposition and then get back to me about "The White Vote." And in a rather surprising and fortunate turn of events I happen to think plenty of smart Democratic politicians and strategists agree with me, which is why Democrats are fielding so many women candidates for Senate, and raising money on exposes of GOP voter disenfranchisement efforts and weird patriarchal christianism. It is quite true that I hold out little hope for votes from hicks with dicks and am uninterested in the nasal twang of their siren song. As I said, over-educated urban working class white guys like me are already in the Democrat's big tent, of course -- but the richer we white assholes get the less reliable we turn out to be, white-racist patriarchal corporate-militarism being what it is. Indeed, I would go so far as to predict that one of the few demographics the GOP in its current ulcerous incarnation has growth potential for will be white gay guys with money the second they feel they've got their bourgeois marriage rights and public accommodations secure, at which point all too many will forget everything about who brung em and rediscover how much they hate paying taxes to contribute a fair share to a world worth living in.