“The national Democratic Party’s brand makes it challenging for Democrats in red states oftentimes and I hope that going forward, the leaders at the national level will be mindful of that and they will understand that they can’t govern the country without Democrats being able to win races in red states,” said Paul Davis, who narrowly failed to unseat Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback last year.There's a different sort of populist tone in Republican circles, but there are Serious Democrat Thinkers who recognize that a coastal party cannot hope to maintain majorities in House or Senate. But some of those Serious Thinkers still fail to understand their opponents.
Davis and his ilk were partly victims of a historically dismal year for Democrats, who saw their gubernatorial ranks fall to 18. Their candidates were weighed down by perceptions that President Barack Obama was too liberal. Now, Democrats in red states are worried that the party’s shift toward an even more polarizing, populist tone could turn off the swing voters they need to mount a comeback in 2015 and 2016, when a handful of GOP-tilted states with Democratic governors are on the ballot.
One Democratic operative who works with gubernatorial candidates argued that the Democratic Party must avoid a slide into factionalism that mirrors the rise of the tea party on the right.There's common ground among libertarians and Taxed Enough Already activists. Specifically, Activist Government has grown too big, spent too much, and quashed too many incentives.
“The Democratic Party cannot become what the Republican Party is today – a fractured party with the tea party crazies on one side and the libertarian loonies on the other,” the operative said. “We have to be able to embrace all.”
Democrats hope to prevail in the 2016 elections by pounding the income gap. But at least one major group on the short end of that equation isn’t buying that the handout party has the right answers.In columnist Nolan Finley's estimation, it's the failure of Gentry Class policies that is motivating these heirs to the Reagan Democrats, not the racial animus or false consciousness that Democrat court intellectuals would appeal to.
Blue collar white voters believe the Republican Party is better equipped to make the economic system more fair by an overwhelming margin, according to a new Washington Post poll.
In the survey of non-college educated whites, 50 percent had more faith in GOP policies, while 29 percent favored the Democratic strategy.
These are among the workers hit hardest by the economic shifts of the past quarter century, and in particular by the failed polices of the Obama administration.
They’re looking for the opportunity to take care of themselves and their families. They want jobs, not another Big Government giveaway designed to replace the paychecks Democratic policies have killed.There's more to that government failure than an economic stimulus too constrained by environmental sensitivities and rent-seeking or a health insurance reform that is still not evidently an improvement in economic welfare.
They’ve lost faith — if they ever had any — in the government’s ability to solve their problems. And who can blame them?
Blue collar workers have lost ground under Obama’s wealth transfer schemes. His policies haven’t helped the poor and working class, and haven’t much hurt the rich. During the president’s tenure, the gaps between rich and poor have widened. All he’s done is explode the size of government and enrich the political class.
Democrats won’t win these working white voters with campaigns built on class resentment and Robin Hood promises, and they may not be able to convince other blue collar workers to buy into more of the same failed strategies.
Because this rather large and often neglected group of voters doesn’t want more government. They want more and better jobs. And so far, Democrats haven’t proved they can deliver.
In some ways, the current Administration makes the case for the futility of technocracy in the best possible way. Harvard Law, Kennedy School, Rhodes Scholars, supermajorities of the social science faculties at universities prestigious and plebeian, and yet six years of economic stagnation and social decay. If The Best and Brightest can't make it happen, would it be better to unleash the second string? No. Regulations and taxes destroy value.
Politicians may hope that their interventions create more winners than losers, but that is wishful thinking because their decisions are based on no more than guesswork.Yes, although it takes the right mix of wit and wisdom ... both unfortunately missing in the opposition ... to make a positive case for trying freedom.
Liberals might assume that the government has an advantage in tackling society's problems because it is such a powerful institution. But because it uses coercion to raise funds and impose its will, the government tends to make bad decisions, entrench them, and drag the whole economy down.