Tuesday, July 11, 2017

On Democrats getting their shit together


There's pretty much no theoretical justification at all for Democrats to always show so poorly in working-class states like Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma and so on.

So it must be that Democrats have no clue how to speak to working-class people.

Which is actually not true. Really, the problem in the US is a strong rural/traditional-urban/liberal divide, and so what you have is the Republican party successfully pandering to the atavistic countryside, and the Democratic party not wanting to sully their name by associating with neo-Dixiecrats.

But the Democrats could at least be trying to guide rural/traditional voters away from Republican nonsense. It's possible: Jimmy Carter was a fundamentalist Christian who was also a very nice guy, for example, so why can't the Democrats find more like him?

And that probably does boil down to the essential problem: before the Democrats can make inroads in Jesusland they have to work to change the character of that society, the way the Republicans did through the 70s and 80s.

Anyway, with all that in mind, here are two grossly simplistic articles written by a Conneticut university-educated lifelong journalist, and a twenty something university-educated lifelong gay journalist:

GQ - the Democrats will never get their shit together.

Slate - Democratic centrism is silly.

But seriously, apparently the Democrats are reviving the 50-state strategy of Howard Dean, who they cut loose 8 years ago, and that revival bodes well for Democrat fortunes.

In, oh, maybe another 8 years, when they've undone the damage of cutting Howard Dean loose.



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