Two states and a handful of cities do not a country make.
Ran across an interesting article in the Boston Globe titled “The Democrats’ demographic dilemma.”
The punch line of the article:
Democrats have carried the popular vote in six of the last seven presidential elections, an unprecedented run.
But, Democrats are confronted by the “wasted vote phenomenon”.
They roll up huge margins in blue enclaves, but political polarization and demographic sorting control the electoral map.
Here are a few highlight snippets from the article …
“Islands of affluence”
Clinton’s 3 million-vote edge came from but 420 of our 3,100 counties.
The 16 percent of counties supporting Clinton accounted for 65 percent of U.S. GNP, and their median home price was 60 percent higher than in counties carried by Trump.
Studies have found that there’s a direct correlation between the percentage of “underwater” homes and counties that voted for Trump.
We are “increasingly sorted into think-alike communities” defined by ethnicity, education, and economic status.
The Democrat’s economically ascendant counties, largely urban, are geographically isolated islands of the relatively privileged surrounded by the less educated and more aggrieved who must dog paddle to survive.
And so geography (and the electoral map) mirrors demography.
Our echo chambers
92 percent of Republicans are to the right of the median Democrat in their core social, economic, and political views.
94 percent of Democrats are to the left of the median Republican.
Two-thirds of consistent conservatives and more than half of consistent liberals say most of their close friends share their political views.
The Author’s Rx (for Dems)
“The Democratic party must become a credible force for betterment in the lives and minds of more Americans, no matter who or where.”
Sounds like one of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals …
Rule #11: Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem.
See our prior post Another Chicago flashback … for the rest of Alinsky’s “rules”.