During the presidential election campaign, a few liberals tried to warn their comrades that they were in big trouble. In books and magazine articles, these writers explained that citizens in Middle America, even those who were registered Democrats, were disillusioned with the party.
They felt that the elites on the coast viewed them as embarrassing hicks. They didn’t like the party’s almost totalitarian embrace of weird identity politics and political correctness.
Of course, the Democratic Party bigwigs didn’t listen and the rest is history.
Now that the election is over, will liberals finally get the message?
Alex Roarty reports for Roll Call:
To these old Democratic political hands — many of whom hail from well outside the cities where most party professionals live — the outcome would have been preventable if the party had developed and sustained an effort to win over these voters. Instead, they say a Democratic Party that focused on only the urban and suburban vote either ignored rural America entirely or badly mishandled the outreach it did undertake.
“The Democratic Party ceded rural America to the Republicans quite some time ago,” said Vickie Rock, a member of the Nevada State Democratic Central Committee from rural Humboldt County. “They invested nothing, they built no bench. They don’t even send out signs anymore, which is a staple of rural politics.
Ironically, it looks like liberals, who loudly decry stereotyping people, have prejudices of their own, and paid the price:
Democratic strategists like Barron say many in their party mistakenly see rural America as only one type of voter: white people who work on farms. That oversimplification, they say, misses the fact that many black and Latinos also live outside of cities, and that many who work there do so in industries other than agriculture.
These nonwhite voters might have cost Clinton the most: She performed poorly in rural counties populated mostly by Hispanic voters.
These experts also point out something obvious: Donald Trump held massive rallies, whereas much of the time, Hillary Clinton didn’t even bother with these events.
They explain that in rural America, campaign rallies are important — something “experts” who are really just “22-year-old kids from the Ivy League” don’t understand.
It all seems pretty obvious, but let’s hope the Democrats never learn their lesson. Anyway, if Trump keeps doing what he is doing, he’ll likely keep these rural voters pretty loyal.
Credit: Roll Call