I have a similar view of the Democratic Party.
“So the Democrats avoided the usual midterm cataclysm. They lost the House, yes, but they gained a seat in the Senate, and they did so despite a bad economic climate and an unpopular president. Meanwhile, Donald Trump has embarrassed himself with stupid remarks, and maybe this time he will stay embarrassed. Liberal rejoicing fills the air.
Now for some cold water. Democrats did so well, in part, because a conservative Supreme Court handed them a political gift by overturning Roe v. Wade and Republicans ran a group of dreadful celebrity Senate candidates. …
When Democrats did those things, strategists and party leaders argued, affluent professionals — members of the well-educated “learning class” — would flock to the big tent. There would be consensus. Electoral victories. Affluence (for some) in the coming knowledge economy.
That was the plan. And it succeeded. …
In some ways, liberalism from the top down has worked out as intended. The highly educated are now solidly Democratic, and the wealthy are moving rapidly our way. Today the party’s candidates often raise more money than Republicans. Despite President Biden’s intermittent blue-collar sympathies — and despite the party’s ramped-up language about conquering racism and defending democracy itself — the strategy of the 1990s still seems to be the strategy of today: courting the learning class, winning the affluent suburbanites, talking about how innovation will save us, reaching out to Republicans like Liz Cheney. And despite inspiring victories like John Fetterman’s in Pennsylvania, according to exit polls, the party continues to hemorrhage working-class votes. …”
At the very top of the pyramid that is the Democratic Party, there are the big money Jewish donors like George Soros and Michael Bloomberg who are pulling the strings.
61% of Joe Biden voters in the 2020 election, however, were White. This understates the importance of White voters to Democrats because half of blacks and a third of Hispanics live in Southern states which mostly voted for Trump. There are only a handful of states like Hawaii and New Mexico in which non-White voters are decisive in electing Democrats to the White House and the Senate.
Who are these White voters who are 61% of Joe Biden voters?
“Roughly two-thirds of Progressive Left (68%) are White, non-Hispanic, by far the largest share among Democratic-aligned groups. …
Progressive Left are also highly educated, with about half (48%) holding at least a four-year college degree, making it one of the two most highly educated groups overall. …
Sizable majorities say White people benefit from societal advantages that Black people do not have and that most U.S. institutions need to be completely rebuilt to ensure equal rights for all Americans regardless of race or ethnicity. …
Roughly half of Progressive Left (52%) are religiously unaffiliated, which is comparable to the share among Outsider Left and higher than other political typology groups. …”
The Left is roughly synonymous with Progressive Left and Outsider Left in the Pew typology.
Progressive Left is extremely anti-White.
These are the people who marched with BLM and who rioted in cities like Portland, Seattle and Minneapolis and who worshipped George Floyd.
“Outsider Left are by far the youngest political typology group. Four-in-ten are under the age of 30 and 83% are under 50. They are racially and ethnically diverse: About half (49%) are White, 20% are Hispanic, 15% are Black and 10% are Asian. Women make up 57% of this group.
Outsider Left also have somewhat less formal education than Establishment Liberals or the Progressive Left: 35% have at least a college degree.
Outsider Left are one of the least religiously affiliated groups, alongside the Progressive Left. About half (51%) are religiously unaffiliated. …”
I have highlighted the racial and religious composition of the leftists in red and the racial and religious composition of liberals in blue. “Democratic mainstays” are the BIPOC base of the Democratic Party who are more religious minorities who are significantly more moderate in their cultural views.
Establishment liberals are typically the PMCs who Thomas Frank is complaining about in his article. These are the people who unironically watch Morning Joe and Stephen Colbert.
“About half of Establishment Liberals (51%) are White, while 18% are Black, two-in-ten are Hispanic and one-in-ten are Asian.
Establishment Liberals are one of two typology groups in which nearly half (47%) have college degrees (a quarter have postgraduate degrees). About one-in-five (23%) live in upper-income households, a higher share than in any other Democratic-oriented typology group. …
Establishment Liberals are one of the two most educated typology groups, alongside the Progressive Left. Members of this group are 15 percentage points more likely than U.S. adults overall to have a college degree, and 11 points more likely to have a postgraduate degree. They are also among the most well-traveled typology groups. Nearly two-in-ten (19%) say they have visited 10 or more countries outside the United States. …”
47% of establishment liberals have a college degree.
33% are irreligious or atheists.
25% have a post-graduate degree.
23% live in upper-income households.
In sum, the White people who voted for Joe Biden and who vote for Democrat Senate candidates like Fetterneck tend to live in large metro areas, inner ring suburbs and college towns. They tend to have college degrees. They are far more likely to be irreligious or atheists. They also stand out as being relatively educated, but not particularly rich. Also, the most radical leftists who join Antifa and march with BLM tend to be young, over educated, downwardly mobile and come from PMC families.