An excerpt from another must read Tom Edsall election post-Mortem in the inherent instability in the Democratic coalition.
Tufts Professor Eitan Hersh has some harsh and accurate words for our own state:
Eitan Hersh, a political scientist at Tufts and the author of the book “Politics is for Power,” is not persuaded of the good faith and ultimate commitment of the affluent left. In addition to arguing that “moderate Democrats don’t want their brand tied to progressive policy priorities,” Hersh questioned the depth of conviction of the so-called progressive elite:
Many of the supporters who say they want big liberal policies at the national level don’t really mean it. For example, well-to-do liberals in fancy suburbs who say they prioritize racial equality but do not want to actually level the playing field in educational opportunities between their districts and majority-minority districts.
He cited his own state, Massachusetts:
Here there’s tons of liberal energy and money to support taking big progressive fights to Washington. Meanwhile, our schools are segregated, our transit system is broken, our housing is unaffordable, our police force is a mess of corruption and there’s little pressure being put on the state legislature and governor to fix any of it.
Our biggest divide is between an affluent left that is far more rhetorically woke than the general electorate on major social and cultural issues (inventing gender neutral terms for minorities like Latinx for example, supporting defunding police which actual communities of color facing real violence don’t want, etc.) while being as Phil Ochs once charged several degrees to the right of center if it effects them personally. Like with increased taxes or changing their own communities zoning laws to be more permissible for affordable dense housing. Actually paying for transit and actually integrating schools and communities. This is the hard work. It will be forcing the affluent left to get out of their comfort zones and figure out what the working class people of color who voted for Trump this time in Lowell, Lawrence, Fall River, and New Bedford want. And putting their substantial money where their equally substantial mouths are.