American Elephants

Obama Gives Up On Jobs, Abandons “White Working Class.”” by The Elephant's Child

In an article in The New York Times, discretely titled “The Future of the Obama Coalition,” preparations by Democrat operatives for the 2012 election make it clear that for the first time the party will explicitly abandon the white working class. Well, I suppose that the white working class, very large numbers of whom aren’t actually working, might have soured a bit on the Obama Coalition.

  • 13.9 million unemployed, that’s an unemployment rate ranging from 9% to 9.2%
  • The long-term unemployed (27+ weeks) number 5.9 million.
  • Those who are working part-time but want full-time employment — 8.9 million.
  • And that doesn’t count those who are just discouraged and not looking.

All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been abandoned. But just what is “the working class” — that sounds like a communist designation. I would think that it includes anyone who works, but, oh yes, they limited it by race. It’s the white working class.  Blacks and other minorities who have way higher—around 15% — unemployment rates, will be presumed to follow the party line, even if Obama is killing their employment prospects right and left. Apparently he thinks they’re not educated enough to grasp that.

The former are to be 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 (presumably without educational attainment) who are Obama Gives Up disproportionately African-American and Hispanic.”

“The 2012 approach treats white voters without college degrees as an unattainable cohort.” Poor jerks just aren’t educated enough to appreciate the wonderfulness of the Obama record and all his stunning accomplishments?

The better-off wing…puts at the top of its political agenda a cluster of rights related to self-expression, the environment, demilitarization, and importantly, freedom from repressive norms — governing both sexual behavior and women’s role in society — that are promoted by the conservative movement.

While demographic trends suggest the continued growth of pro-Democratic constituencies and the continued decline of core Republican voters, particularly married white Christians, there is no guarantee that demography is destiny.

I don’t understand this kind of thinking. I was brought up in an America that was not divided up by “class.” I’ve known people well who have no more than a 3rd grade education, and extremely rich people as well, and if I classify them, it’s about character and decency, not some kind of elitism.  I’ve known quite a few PhDs who were a little lacking in the character department.  In 2008, Obama was all about Hope and Change, and claimed that he would bring people together. That didn’t work so well, so he’s trying a different tack.


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