The Brazile-Nut Coalition

The Future of the Obama Coalition

For decades, Democrats have suffered continuous and increasingly severe losses among white voters. But preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.

All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment — professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists — and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic.

It is instructive to trace the evolution of a political strategy based on securing this coalition in the writings and comments, over time, of such Democratic analysts as Stanley Greenberg and Ruy Teixeira. Both men were initially determined to win back the white working-class majority, but both currently advocate a revised Democratic alliance in which whites without college degrees are effectively replaced by well-educated socially liberal whites in alliance with the growing ranks of less affluent minority voters, especially Hispanics.

Hey, I know!

Let’s divide the working class by race – that way the white sneering class can retain control of the party!

Seriously – in what world do white elites have more in common with minority workers than they do with white workers or workers of all colors have with each other? The white working class should be a link between the other two, not their mutual opponent.

The article doesn’t say it but playing the race card will be a major component of this not-so new strategery and will exploit and widen the racial divide in the country, not heal it.

Identity politics suck.

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38 Responses to The Brazile-Nut Coalition

  1. crawdad says:

    “The Sneering Class”


  2. DeniseVB says:

    To tell you the truth, I haven’t paid attention to “minorities” angst since the Obama Dems cames into power. Up til then, we were all Americans.

  3. Lulu says:

    Well, someone finally wrote it down. This was the unstated trajectory of the campaign in 2008, led to the meltdown of Dems in 2010, and will be the final nail in the coffin of Congressional Dems in 2012. They are finally acknowledging what many observed all along. Race baiting is the tactic of a party that is dying in entire regions, socio-economic groups, and even races in this country. This is beyond shameful.

  4. kc says:

    Well, it’s official then. Fuck them.

  5. yttik says:

    Well, it’s now official. The Dem party has become the party of the 1%.

  6. Lola-at-Large says:

    Called this in July, 2008:

    It’s part of Obama’s Reaganesque makeover of the Dem Party. You know he loved him for a reason.

  7. yttik says:

    Kind of funny, we used to say we were too poor to vote Republican. Now I guess I’ll have to start saying I’m not rich enough to be a Democrat.

  8. Mary says:

    FDR just turned over in his grave. Sad, sad, sad.

  9. insanelysane says:

    The Democrats can’t leave this old working gal…

    I left them first.

    Waaay back on May 31, 2008.

  10. Dario says:

    The two political parties are losers. It’s going to be up to the independent voters to throw them out of Washington.

  11. DandyTiger says:

    From below on the topic:

    So out with the working class, and by the way, union members, and in with the “creative class” who aren’t very creative as it turns out. Best of luck with that. I’d start working on a plan B if I were them. And in reality, they’re losing a lot of the college educated vote among those with an actual brain and can think. Though admittedly that may be a small subset of the college educated vote.

    And by the way, I’m not sure they can count on the AA or latino vote in the long run either. Funny thing about how people eventually notice the Dems aren’t on their side. Of course the GOP shouldn’t get excited, it’s not like they will get that vote either.

    Time sure is ripe for a third party. Perhaps one that is actually for the vast majority of the working class, including both college educated and non college educated working class. Neither party is for that group. And I think they’ve noticed.

  12. Dario says:

    The cuts in spending will begin to hurt academia. Maybe the elitist-absent-minded-professors will see that they too depend on a paycheck and are part of the working class.


    • catarina says:

      Next comes the love child.

    • catarina says:

      Cue the Gap Band: You dropped the bomb on me, baby…

      kingsjester on November 28, 2011 at 5:27 PM


    • yttik says:

      Well sh*t, indeed. Everybody knows that candidates are not allowed to have sexual relations of any sort. It’s a shame we’re so obsessed over stupid sh*t, but we are.

      I feel bad for Cain’s wife. Here she is, the kids are grown, she’s ready to sit back and enjoy the grandchildren, and now she has to deal with all her husband’s dirty laundry. That’s a lot of illusions to shatter and dump on a woman. If it’s true, it’s unforgivable of Herman to have run for president, not because of us, but because of what these skeletons will do to his wife and children.

    • 1539days says:

      You know, I shouldn’t have even bothered to write that Cain post the other day.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I frontpaged this

  13. glennmcgahee says:

    This democratic party strategy has to be the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard of. I’m expecting the lowest turn-out on record. Its beginning to get confusing trying to figure out what category you fit into. Went to college. Work. Color of skin. 1%, 99%, 50%? Working? work part-time? Not working? Who am I? where do I fit in this? I guess I’ll just wait to see if I get a letter from Debbie. So far I haven’t. Loser again? ok.
    I think I’ll either not be voting or will be wasting my vote with a write-in which doesn’t count down here in Florida.
    I do think I could vote for Mitt though. Especially since the Republicans don’t seem to want him. Must be something there. But I’ve yet to watch a debate this year.

  14. HELENK says:

    Richmond Tea Party asked for refund from fees paid to hold rally. After the owies were allowed to occupy a site that the teaparty had to pay a fee to use, the teaparty wanted a refund.
    Now the Richmond mayor wants an audit of the teaparty.
    What was that about the owies and politics?

  15. HELENK says:

    a good article on the harm that backtrack is doing to the democratic party

  16. Three Wickets says:

    It’s settled then. New Democrats = Creative Class + Racial Minorities. Fuck the New Democratic Party Machine. And I say that as a possible member of the creative class and a racial minority. Pious self-righteous idiots who frankly don’t have a clue about the economy.

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  18. votermom says:

    Seriously – in what world do white elites have more in common with minority workers than they do with white workers or workers of all colors have with each other?

    Sorry if it’s taboo to mention it, but wasn’t that the set-up in the era of American slavery? White elites own minority workers and therefore are responsible for their needs; poor whites are on their own.

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