The Democrats Should Be Laser Focused in 2018: Find Another Path
Recently, former chief White House strategist, Steve Bannon indicated if the left is focused on race and identity, and the Trump administration is focused on economic nationalism, they can probably continue to crush the Democrats.
I guess Mr. Bannon forgets Donald Trump is mostly popular with white America largely due to his promotion of white identity politics.
Further, can this administration even tout a legitimate economic nationalist message at this point? We’re still under an Obama economy, the jobs numbers aren’t theirs. The GOP, despite being in control of both houses couldn’t fix ACA and tax reform looks less likely. Yet, a government shutdown over a useless border wall may be on the horizon. So far, their attempt at economic nationalism looks like empty promises.
Statistics suggest that when white voters focus on racial threats this pushes them toward Republican candidates. In other words, white fragility and the need to maintain political power are factors in why many white Americans prefer Republicans.
At the end of the day, I would encourage Democrats not to abandon their minority base in favor of white working class voters, aka “lukewarm Trump supporters”. The first reason, few of these white working class voters identify themselves as Democrats and are not loyal party voters. Two, very few of these white working class voters wish to align themselves with a party which will push them to check their white privilege and supremacy at the door in favor of the greater good of all people. Theses voter will continue to prefer a party which promises a center around their needs and their way of life, which is not good for our democracy in the long run.
Although the white electorate is roughly 71% of the US population, Barack Obama was reelected with only 39% of this vote. Bottom line, the minority vote determined the 2012 presidential election. When we vote, we win.
Democrats must continue fighting gerrymandering and voter suppression at every stop.
Democrats should focus heavily on engaging the following groups for 2018:
1) Minority voters-partucularly those who don’t consistently vote or vote at all
2) The 18-35 age group
3) Restoration of voting rights for selected felons