Democrats snub the working class
Despite Democrats on Capitol Hill feeling that they have reason to crow over the federal budget, there are dark clouds on their political horizon. Democratic pollsters, still sifting through the wreckage of the Hillary Clinton campaign, went back and asked folks why they switched their votes from Obama to Trump. The answers should give even giddy DC Democrats reason to worry:
One finding from the polling stands out: A shockingly large percentage of these Obama-Trump voters said Democrats’ economic policies will favor the wealthy — twice the percentage that said the same about Trump. I was also permitted to view video of some focus group activity, which showed Obama-Trump voters offering sharp criticism of Democrats on the economy.
Considering Mr. Obama's recent $400,000 payday for making a single speech, there's good reason for people to think the Democratic party is all about dollar signs, rather than the working class voters they long claimed to represent.
And then we see this:
The poll found that Obama-Trump voters, many of whom are working-class whites and were pivotal to Trump’s victory, are economically losing ground and are skeptical of Democratic solutions to their problems. Among the findings:
50 percent of Obama-Trump voters said their incomes are falling behind the cost of living, and another 31 percent said their incomes are merely keeping pace with the cost of living.
A sizable chunk of Obama-Trump voters — 30 percent — said their vote for Trump was more a vote against Clinton than a vote for Trump. Remember, these voters backed Obama four years earlier.
42 percent of Obama-Trump voters said congressional Democrats’ economic policies will favor the wealthy, vs. only 21 percent of them who said the same about Trump. (Forty percent say that about congressional Republicans.) A total of 77 percent of Obama-Trump voters said Trump’s policies will favor some mix of all other classes (middle class, poor, all equally), while a total of 58 percent said that about congressional Democrats.
While Democrats may thrill themselves that they are defending the budgets of artists, public broadcasters, DC bureaucrats, and abortionists, none of it brings those working class voters back to their team. If anything, it only further compounds the impression they just don't care about the very voters who once formed their core political strength.
Not that the numbers are all good news for Mr. Trump. The sizeable number of voters who said they cast anti-Hillary ballots in 2016 means Democrats could, possibly, nominate someone in 2020 who lacks her scandal-ridden past.
That assumes Democrats want to nominate such a person. The even harder truth for them is they have chosen the path of anger and sneering resistance rather than policy. Toddler-based emotion will only carry them so far -- a victory here and there, but ultimately, a very long time out until they've decided to behave.