For decades, Democrats have suffered continuous and increasingly severe losses among white voters. But preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.
All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment — professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists — and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic.
The 2012 approach treats white voters without college degrees as an unattainable cohort. The Democratic goal with these voters is to keep Republican winning margins to manageable levels, in the 12 to 15 percent range, as opposed to the 30-point margin of 2010 — a level at which even solid wins among minorities and other constituencies are not enough to produce Democratic victories.
How in the world do you consider the working class white vote no longer attainable when, in the last election, you tried, at least, not to get below a floor portion of the vote? You go from a goal to just saying, "ignore white voters"?
The last time I checked, those who don't have a college degree are the majority of the population.
I think this says more than what is quoted in this article. I think this says the Obama administration hasn't done squat for that demographic so they are just saying, "Forget them because we screwed them, anyway."
The poor, as a group, vote in much lower levels than other demographics and I can't see how the group they are going for is going to get them the vote.
I don't get it.