Democrats Are Obsessed with Race. Trump Isn't.

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    Sorry for the long copy and paste, but this allows pop-ups to be bypassed if I just linked to it:

    Since when does a weekend gathering of “nearly 275” white nationalists in a country of more than 320 million people warrant front-page coverage in major newspapers? Since the election of Donald Trump, apparently.

    The same media outlets that insisted Mr. Trump wouldn’t beat Hillary Clinton have spent the past two weeks misleading the public about why he did. Breathless coverage of a neo-Nazi sideshow in the nation’s capital—where antiracism protesters almost outnumbered attendees, according to the Washington Post—helps liberals illustrate their preferred “basket of deplorables” explanation for Mrs. Clinton’s loss.

    The reality is that Mr. Trump didn’t prevail on Election Day because of fake news stories or voter suppression or ascendant bigotry in America. He won because a lot of people who voted for Barack Obama in previous elections cast ballots for Mr. Trump this time. In Wisconsin, he dominated the Mississippi River Valley region on the state’s western border, which went for Mr. Obama in 2012. In Ohio’s Trumbull County, where the auto industry is a major employer and the population is 89% white, Mr. Obama beat Mitt Romney, 60% to 38%. This year, Trumbull went for Mr. Trump, 51% to 45%. Iowa went for Mr. Obama easily in 2008 and 2012, but this year Mr. Trump won the state by 10 points. Either these previous Obama supporters are closet racists or they’re voting on other issues.

    “Trump switched white voters in key states who were blue-collar primarily—coal counties, manufacturing counties,” the Republican strategist Whit Ayres told me this week. “These are blue-collar whites who voted for Barack Obama. And that’s a very uncomfortable thing to admit by the left. It’s much easier to say a ‘basket of deplorables’ elected Trump. But I’m sorry, that just does not conform to the data in those states that made a major swing from one party to the other.”

    Part of Mr. Trump’s strategy was to turn out lots of Republicans who stayed home in 2012, but the president-elect appears to have won white voters by a margin similar to that of Mr. Romney. However, Mr. Trump was able to muster an Electoral College majority by taking advantage of lax support for Mrs. Clinton in the metro areas of large, consequential states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. That the Democratic nominee failed to speak to the concerns of Obama voters is not the fault of the alt-right.

    “Trump swept the areas that keep the lights on and the motors turning,” demographer Joel Kotkin wrote recently. “Trump seized on the widespread sense that American life was destined to get worse from generation to generation. Americans wanted opportunity for the next generation, not a managed decline.” The press mostly missed this story because it was so focused on the candidate’s tone and temperament. What mattered most to the media was Mr. Trump’s character flaws—and it was inconceivable that voters would have different priorities.

    Around two-thirds of the electorate consistently told pollsters that the country was moving in the wrong direction. Mr. Trump represented change. Millions of people in the nation’s interior ultimately decided that they didn’t have the luxury of obsessing over his personal shortcomings. They haven’t had a raise in a decade. College is no longer affordable. Health-care costs were supposed to come down, but premiums have risen. Mr. Trump, they decided, may be crude and unpolished in manner, but he also sounded like someone who could shake things up in Washington. By contrast, a vote for Mrs. Clinton was a vote for more of the same.

    Not everyone on the left is blaming racist voters for Mrs. Clinton’s defeat. Sen. Bernie Sanders credited Mr. Trump with understanding “the anger and angst and pain that many working class people are feeling” and added, “I come from the white working class, and I am deeply humiliated that the Democratic Party cannot talk to where I came from.” It’s no coincidence that Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader from San Francisco, is now facing a leadership challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who represents areas that flipped from blue to red this year.

    Yet regardless of the facts, most liberals and their friends in the media continue to view Mr. Trump’s victory through a self-serving racial lens. Today, race is the Democratic Party’s organizing principle. Group identity is a doctrine and group grievances are to be nurtured and exploited politically no matter the damage to civil discourse. It’s the type of thinking that allows the left to be outraged that the likes of Steve Bannon have Mr. Trump’s ear, and indifferent that the likes of Al Sharpton have had Mr. Obama’s.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/democrats-are-obsessed-with-race-donald-trump-isnt-1479857789

    #25156
    LurkingGrendel
    Participant

    Well, gosh. I’m reassured.

    I mean you sought out opinions that aligned with the one you already held that have been arrived at through a very particular filter that ignores the broader issues, while at the same time both dismissing critical opinions while simultaneously attacking the messengers, and then shared as if you’ve stumbled across the mathematical equation for Cold Fusion.

    #25159
    Andy Brown
    Participant

    It’s the bacon way.

    I’m kind of disappointed, bacon. Clearly you are not remembering history when you say “Since when does a weekend gathering of “nearly 275” white nationalists . . . ”

    I need to only point out that the The German Workers’ Party , the forerunner of the Nazi Party, espoused a right-wing ideology, like many similar groups of demobilized soldiers. Adolf Hitler joined this small political party in 1919 and rose to leadership through his emotional and captivating speeches. He encouraged national pride, militarism, and a commitment to the Volk and a racially “pure” Germany. Hitler condemned the Jews, exploiting antisemitic feelings that had prevailed in Europe for centuries. He changed the name of the party to the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, called for short, the Nazi Party (or NSDAP). By the end of 1920, the Nazi Party had about 3,000 members. A year later Hitler became its official leader, or Führer.

    So you see, bacon, that really bad things (like really good things) often start out small.

    I hate to make the entire remainder of your post irrelevant, but YOU pasted it up that way. In reality, your choice to cut and paste is more day after arm chair quarterbacking then any other polite descriptor.

    Eventually you will realize there is no substitute for a four year post high school education at a decent college or university. Your attempts to take on the body politic of pdxradio continues to fall short even though your hopeful candidate has won. It’s clear you don’t have the chops to truly debate anything here. But that’s JMO which you generally ignore (at your own peril). If you think reading a book or two about something (like economics) puts you on a par with more educated and equally long lived folks on this board you are sadly mistaken.

    Your post above, as LG correctly assessed, is lackluster. You can’t draw the line and then plot the points and then present the points as real data. That’s to say you can do it, but no one is going to take it seriously except those even less nimble at the task then you.

    On the other hand, you need to do what you do while you can still do it. Constantly avoiding answering questions is a route to nowhere, a place you must be familiar with at this point.

    Now why was it that you got thrown off this board 6 times? Remind us.

    #25179
    Herb
    Spectator

    Fact is, President-Elect Trump has signed the front of more checks to minorities, women and people of all faiths than Hillary ever has, or will.

    Deal with facts, or continue your handwringing…it’s your choice.

    MAGA

    #25181
    Brianl
    Participant

    And Trump has been sued many more times for housing discrimination in his properties than Hillary ever has.

    What’s your point?

    #25182
    Slythe
    Participant

    That he can cut-and-paste because he has no original thoughts?

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