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    Lightbulb Democrats, cut the cheer

    Second, whatever strength Democrats have gained from identity politics appears to have reached a natural ceiling. Candidate Trump built his campaign on his willingness to offend people. He bashed immigrants, linked Mexicans to violent crime, dog-whistled to white supremacists. Yet when the votes were counted, Trump outperformed 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney among African American voters and matched Romney among Latinos.

    There’s no denying that a significant source of the energy in the Democratic Party comes from people for whom identity politics are highly salient. But these findings suggest that further sharpening these issues will not gain Democrats much of anything. To the extent that some white voters are alienated by these issues, identity politics may backfire, driving votes away.

    Once the party of the working class, Democrats have lost their connection to the largest bloc of voters in America. Democrats had an edge in 1992 of more than five points over Republicans in the registration of white voters with only a high school diploma. By 2016, Republicans had flipped that advantage and widened it to more than 25 points.

    One of the study authors is a respected politico who helped sell them on identity politics and the "rising American electorate" in the first place.


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    He bashed immigrants NOPE-never happened, linked Mexicans to violent crimeNewp- try again, dog-whistled to white supremacists hurr durr RAYCIIIISSS!!!!11.

    Political Correctness is Fascism pretending to be Manners

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    Including the lies is obligatory.. It helps establish you as a loyal progressive dickhusker.

    Some old things are lovely..
    Warm still with the life of forgotten men who made them.

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    They were going to benefit from demographic shifts, but it was only going to happen if they didn't try to alienate large segments of their existing base. They didn't win college educated white voters in 2016 either, they just lost them by less than they usually do.
    "Barney Frank looked disgusting--nipples protruding--in his blue shirt before Congress. Very very disrespectful." - Donald J. Trump

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    Selena Zito says this:

    whether the community should build a new middle school or not drove up the turnout to nearly 45 percent in the city — but across the state the average turnout was under 25 percent — making it really hard to say Democrats were motivated to make an anti-Trump statement.

    Seriously? Then this wasn't a harbinger of anything.

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    Warm still with the life of forgotten men who made them.

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