I’ve been following the Liberal Patriot sub stack and appreciate its insights. It’s from the same people who wrote the Emerging Democratic Majority back in 2004.
The ideological movement of Democrats in recent years towards a more leftist posture on issues involving race, immigration, gender, and religious expression primarily reflects the values of a small group of credentialed elites and some younger people. It does not reflect the views of the vast middle of working-class Democrats—white, black, or Hispanic. On the Republican side, the full-on embrace of Trumpism—with its general nastiness, corruption, and bogus “big lie” about the 2020 election—has equally alienated a huge swath of working-class voters outside of a rump base.
This is astute analysis of today’s political climate and what the real “center” is starting to look like. Voters are a lot more left wing on economics and a lot less “woke” on culture than the media would lead you to believe. I’ve been shouting to the wind for years that there’s a huge untapped corner of the electorate that’s economically progressive and culturally moderate. Winning candidates like Eric Adams and Joe Biden understand this. Sanders and Trump understood this in their 2016 primary runs, but lost the script in 2020. Understanding these voters is the key to 2022 and 2024.
Looking ahead to 2022 and 2024, the mission for smart and strategic party leaders is clear: (1) ramp up the economic nationalism agenda and messaging; (2) turn down the culture wars and accept people’s moderate-to-conservative stands on many of these issues; and (3) appeal to more working-class voters across racial and geographic lines.