The Democratic Party I grew up in was all about the legacy of the New Deal. Coming of political age around condo commandos in south Florida, I’d hear stories about FDR, Truman, Robert Wagner, Tip O’Neill, Hubert Humphrey, about organizing, protests, strikes, labor movements, when John Lindsay ran as a third party liberal and beat conservative GOP and Dem nominees for Mayor of New York and the brilliance of the McGovern campaign.
These days however, talking to many Democrats is like talking to GOPers 25 years ago.
Increasingly, when I interact with Democrats of higher incomes (which represents a large percentage of the party’s activist class), I sense a smug elitism, a sense of entitlement that wasn’t as pronounced 15-20 years. I feel it’s even worse from people who live in dark blue areas – the heavily professional Northeast, Pacific Northwest and California.
I am finding it is now very difficult to break through with elites who live in the gentrified urban core of New York or San Francisco (among other cities), in trying to explain to them the growing difficulties Democrats have winning in previously accessible working class communities in far-flung suburbs or exurbs (the audience often arrogantly sees everything outside the urban core as “rural” or even more condescendingly “the sticks.” ) here in Florida. I find unfortunately, from many of these folks, a general contempt for the working class, and all sorts of misconceptions as to why working class voters are increasingly shifting to the GOP.
Let me make it clear, I do not endorse anyone voting GOP, except in extremely rare instances, but I want to throw this out there for our readers, because I am increasingly frustrated with the attitude while growing more certain that the non-college educated working class (of all races btw, though the elite argument is that it is just whites fleeing) is abandoning the Democrats for good.
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