From the very few Democrats who appear to have something going on upstairs besides an endless train of identity politics and social justice warriorism, the message of the 2016 election was a simple one: Hillary Clinton lost because the Democratic Party has left working-class Americans behind in favor of minorities and coastal elites. This was an election lost in the so-called Rust Belt, where Donald Trump swept in, told a lost generation that he had not forgotten about them, and handily smashed through what the Clinton campaign was calling the Big Blue Wall. These were voters who did not care nearly as much about transgender bathrooms as they did about the opioid crisis; voters who cared less about Dreamers and more about their own shattered dreams.
As of today, though, it doesn’t seem like the national Democratic Party has done much of anything to win those voters back. Rather than attempt to understand how Trump blasted through the Midwest with an economic message that resonated, they have turned Trump into the ultimate symbol of evil – a racist traitor who must be removed from office.
Now what do you think that signals to the thousands of people who voted for him in Wisconsin and Michigan, only four years after casting a ballot for Barack Obama? Whatever the message is that they’re receiving, it’s certainly not “We hear you.”
According to a new report from BuzzFeed, Democrats in the Midwest are now practically begging the national party to stop focusing on the Trump/Russia affair, which is doing them absolutely no favors among voters who want to see politicians talk about issues that actually matter to their lives.
In battleground states in the middle of the country, some Democrats watched with frustration as their party grabbed headlines last week with a splashy new lawsuit alleging a vast conspiracy between President Donald Trump and Russia.
The Democratic National Committee’s drumbeat of messaging on Trump and his relationship with Russia is wearing thin with some Democrats in purple states — particularly in the Midwest, where people on the ground say voters are uninterested and even turned off by the issue. The suit exposes a gap, they say, between the party’s strategy nationally and what Midwest Democrats believe will win elections in their state.
“The DNC is doing a good job of winning New York and California,” said David Betras, the Democratic county party chair in Mahoning County, Ohio, home to Youngstown. “I’m not saying it’s not important — of course it’s important — but do they honestly think that people that were just laid off another shift at the car plant in my home county give a shit about Russia when they don’t have a frickin’ job?”
It’s just another example of the Washington bubble and how difficult it is for these elitists to escape it. They’re more concerned with impressing Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow than they are about actually making headway among the white working class families that are abandoning the party en masse.
Oh well, so much the better for us.