Yesterday I wrote this:
But playing the race card plays identity groups against each other. For almost five years now Obama and the Democrats have been relying heavily on the race card, and to a lesser extent the misogyny and homophobe cards too. Anyone who disagrees with them on any issue gets hit with one of more of these cards.
But if the Democrats keep hitting white people with the race card (and who else gets hit?) how can you blame white people if they start to feel unwanted by the Democratic party? I know that getting called a racist sure didn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
The race card divides people by race. By focusing so heavily on race it makes other identities (such as gender, religion and sexual orientation) less important.
Here’s the problem – white people are still the majority in this country. They are the single largest demographic group in every state. Any political strategy that is going to alienate the majority demographic is doomed to fail.
Today S.E. Cupp wrote this:
Another explanation lies in the Democrats’ Balkanization of the voting population. As has become customary, this presidential election has seen an effort to divide up the electorate into special interest groups. There are different messages (some of which even contradict one another) for different groups — one for gays, blacks, the elderly, women, immigrants, etc. And with each customized message comes a customized hand-out — President Obama has presented a veritable cornucopia of goodies and giveaways for every special interest group imaginable. Never mind that for four years he’s done next to nothing to reform social security and medicare; if re-elected, he will save the elderly from certain destitution and death at the hands of Republicans. Never mind that for four years he’s done next to nothing on longterm immigration reform; if re-elected, he will save illegal immigrants from certain deportation. Never mind that for four years he’s done nothing to actually legalize gay marriage; if re-elected, he will save gay America from the puritanical Republicans who are coming for their heads.
A broad economic message that promises to work no matter your race, gender, ethnicity, age or sexual orientation would render all of these group meet-ups unnecessary, and would reach all voters, including white ones. But with every special interest group represented in Obama’s campaign message except the majority — white voters — is it any wonder they’re not feeling particularly spoken for?
Finally, the most nefarious element at play here is racism. But not what you think. The racism of the left, and their intimidation tactics that make once-innocuous words like “Chicago” and “angry” impossible to say in a political context has also made it impossible to address the plight of a particular group of white Americans — those living below the poverty line.
If Democrats ever had a message (and they still might to a certain extent) that appealed to poor America, it now faces an insurmountable and extraordinarily destructive obstacle in reaching those disenfranchised voters now. Race-baiters and the guardians of race-based political correctness have decided we can no longer talk about “poverty,” “welfare” and “food stamps” without being called racist. Who does that hurt most? White Americans. Sixty-eight percent of Americans living below the poverty level are white, and white Americans make up the majority of folks on food stamps and welfare.
Without being able to sufficiently and honestly talk about poverty, welfare and food stamps, we’re not able to sufficiently and honestly talk about white people who are suffering. It’s like they’re being told they don’t matter.
Allowing race-baiters to control the conversation isn’t going to work out well for the left. The extent to which the exodus of white voters from the Democratic party affects this election and elections to come won’t be measurable for a while. But if these recent poll numbers are any indication, things aren’t looking rosy.
I wish I was as telegenic as Sarah Elizabeth Cupp. Then I could be a television news star too!