Skip to comments.Canaries in the Coal Mine ("Working Class" Whites determine elections)
Posted on 06/18/2012 12:18:22 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Over the past few decades, working class whites loosely defined as those without college degrees have been a strikingly reliable indicator of the strength of the two main political parties. These voters are highly volatile and their shifting loyalties are a powerful factor in determining control of Congress and of the White House, according to recently re-analyzed exit poll data provided to the Times by Alan Abramowitz, a political scientist at Emory, and Sam Best, a political scientist at the University of Connecticut.
Take a look at the fluctuating level of support white non-college voters gave to Democratic congressional candidates between 1984, when exit polls first asked respondents about their level of education, and 2010:
Obviously, the rejection of many Democratic presidential nominees by whites without college degrees is relevant to Obamas prospects on Nov. 6. In 2008, Obama lost white working class voters by a landslide, 18 points, although he did 5 points better than Kerry. For Obama, the trick will be to avoid falling into the Stevenson-Mondale-Dukakis trap, and to place himself more in the tradition of Kennedy, Johnson and Clinton. It will not be easy.
...the loss of white non-college voters has diminished pressure within the Democratic Party to address the dislocations resulting from globalization and automation, especially the loss of low-to-medium-skill jobs that paid high wages to workers without college degrees....
(Excerpt) Read more at campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com ...
The GOP hasn’t developed a plan to cater to this cohort either.
The only reason why they’re trending GOP is that the GOP doesn’t make it clear that they outright hate working class people.
If the GOP wanted to seal the deal, they’d address the issues of wage stagnation, trade imbalances, bank bailouts, etc.
But they won’t.
Just look at the behavior of Jim DeMint when he osculated the posterior of Jamie Dimon, asking Dimon what Congress should enact for regulations. What a suck-up weasel.
Two words: Sarah Palin.
Negative audio review of Jamie by one of his former employees: http://media.bloomberg.com/bb/avfile/v4wjzKpjHI9E.mp3
The Obama Administration has already admitted Publicly they have written off the Working class white Vote
Sorry, a Columbia professor of journalism and a pulitzer prize winner means that the article is an excuse for why Obama will lose.
Can’t these “brilliant” people come up with something that isn’t party line bullcrap?
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