Spiked: Left Class Hatred With Paul Embery

The politics of Airstrip One is our future.

The Democratic Party is the party of Pete Buttigieg. Joe Biden is a senile figurehead.

National Journal:

“A new report authored by three prominent Democratic organizations over what went wrong for the party’s congressional candidates in last year’s election paints white privilege as a major problem for the party—but not quite in the way you’d expect. The political autopsy, coauthored by Third Way, the Collective PAC, and the Latino Victory Fund, suggests that largely white progressive activists pushing a left-wing agenda on the party were blind to the ideological diversity within nonwhite communities …

“Folks who purport to speak for the vast communities of color across the country are speaking for one portion of them, usually highly educated urban elites or super-online activists. Those people don’t necessarily represent the views of Latino men who work in the oil fields, for instance,” Third Way senior vice president Lanae Erickson, who worked on the report, told National Journal. “What we have done is conflate urban white liberal views with the views of people of color—and allowed them to speak for those people of color.”

The report lays bare the biggest political challenge for Democrats heading into next year’s midterms—and beyond. Their coalition is more diverse and is home to more moderates than the GOP, which has grown increasingly dogmatic. On paper, it’s a lot easier to move to the middle when the Republican Party has ceded that ground. But they’re being held captive by a network of progressive activists and donors who demand ideological fealty on policy positions that are politically toxic to middle-of-the-road voters of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. …”

This is basically what David Shor said.

Progressive activists have pushed the Democratic Party into adopting toxic slogans like “Abolish ICE” and “Defund the Police.” White working class voters were alienated in Obama’s second term. In the last election, non-White conservatives began voting more like White conservatives mainly over the crime issue and due to the violent riots last summer. The electorate is resorting on the basis of education, ideology and values. The hysteria being ginned up about “white supremacy” is an attempt to halt the trend.

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2 Comments

  1. “Their coalition is more diverse and is home to more moderates than the GOP, which has grown increasingly dogmatic. On paper, it’s a lot easier to move to the middle when the Republican Party has ceded that ground.”

    I think they have this backwards. The GOP has NOT become more dogmatic. The GOP has been attempting to woo gays, trannies, and “based blacks” and adopt leftist social policies like releasing blacks from prison. For sure, the average “conservative” white voter is moving further right, but I believe this is just an expansion of the Overton window that has broadened the right-leaning coalition. (In other words, the right has become LESS dogmatic because the far-right and center-right are finding more common cause that allows us to coalesce, which is the exact opposite of dogmatism. It is the left that has become increasingly dogmatic, and they’ve been eroding their centrist/moderate factions as a consequence.

    “ But they’re being held captive by a network of progressive activists and donors who demand ideological fealty on policy positions that are politically toxic to middle-of-the-road voters of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. …”

    And this is where they contradict their own premise. “Being held captive by progressive activists” is by definition “becoming more dogmatic”. This has been going on for at least a decade within the Democratic Party. This isn’t a consequence of the GOP ceding ground. The GOP surrendered to leftists more than a 1/4 century ago. The GOP distanced itself from the far-right when the Buckley crowd took control, thus constraining itself to “left approved” and “safe” centrism. All that has happened in the last decade is that “conservatism” has become comfortable once again with the identity politics that had previously been forebode. The center-right (as in the day-to-day voter who doesn’t embrace identity politics) is still out there and they are just as repulsed by this critical race theory crap. But the most important thing is that the center-left, at least a not-so-insignificant number of them, are more repulsed by CRT nonsense than they are by the far-right, because they have enough understanding of things to realize that the far-right has no institutional power, while the far-left is deeply imbedded in the institutions.

    Make no mistake, the far-right would not have a voice if the far-left hadn’t gotten so arrogant and loud. The far-right still exists as a reactionary force. I would not agree with this nonsense about GOP dogmatism until the GOP grows a set of balls and starts proactively embracing identity politics and pushes against the left with more than feigned resistance.

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