Paid Obama shill David Axelrod and unpaid Obama shill Donna Brazile have a vision of the Democratic Party.
The Obama/Axelrod/Brazile vision for the Democratic Party mimics the desired demographics for a television sitcom.
As the long suffering Donna declared A new Democratic coalition is younger. It is more urban, as well as suburban, and we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics.
Axelrod has declared The white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, going back even to the Clinton years. This is not new that Democratic candidates don’t rely solely on those votes.
This cheap vision of the Democratic Party is applauded and defended by many of the well-off, highly educated, white, eggheads inside the Democratic Party. Why is this?
The very simple answer is because since the middle of the last century the “eggheads” (as Paul Begala so aptly categorizes them) have failed repeatedly to win. The failures can usually be attributed to those pesky white voters that reject Democrats. Instead of trying to win them over, Obama/Eggheads want to roll over them.
The list of egghead failures is long – Adlai Stevenson through John Kerry. Democrats have failed to win. The eggheads have failed to win.
The solution from Obama/Axelrod/Brazile is to create the fiction that ‘if you can’t beat them, write them off and you will still be successful‘.
Since the middle of the last century Democrats at the presidential level have lost. Some non-egghead Democrats have won. John Kennedy of Massachusetts won. Post 1964 Civil Rights Act – Texan Lyndon Johnson won. Georgian Jimmy Carter won. Arkansan Bill Clinton won.
John Kennedy won the presidency before passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. Kennedy was young but had a great deal of experience in political life. Kennedy toured Europe, the Soviet Union and the Middle East in the fateful year 1939. On the day before Germany invaded, John Kennedy was in Poland. Kennedy’s Harvard senior thesis completed in 1940 was “Appeasement in Munich”. Kennedy by the end of the war was a war hero. Kennedy served with regular Joes in the U.S. Navy. Kennedy saved the lives of his crew. John Kennedy from the elite schools and elite background was loved by working class whites and blacks. John Kennedy was no egghead.
As he flew into West Virginia that spring of 1960, Kennedy was desperately in need of victory. His most visible opponent was Senator Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota but, as usual, most of the action was happening behind the scenes. Kennedy would eventually win the West Virginia primary not just on personal charm – although this, too, was important – but on his campaign team’s understanding of old-time mountain politics. West Virginia’s politics were — and are — strongly based on what one historian has called its “oral political culture,” established by local candidates and their supporters working on a “face-to-face, friends-and-neighbors basis.”
John Kennedy was no egghead:
In West Virginia, Kennedy visited a coal mine and talked to mine workers to win their support; most people in that conservative, mostly Protestant state were deeply suspicious of Kennedy’s Catholicism. His victory in West Virginia cemented his credentials as a candidate with broad popular appeal.
John Kennedy won those suspicious voters in West Virginia. Barack Obama, who presumes himself to be the Democratic Party nominee won’t win those voters.
The Los Angeles Times writes today on West Virgina.
In Hardy County, Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 2 to 1. But there is little enthusiasm for Barack Obama in this mountainside enclave, a portent of trouble for the Illinois senator in next week’s West Virginia primary and the general election beyond. [snip]
“I’m not yet convinced that Barack Obama is more substance than fluff,” said Clyde M. See Jr., a former Democratic speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates and two-time gubernatorial candidate who heads a small law practice in Moorefield, the county seat. “He’s a fine speaker, mind you, but I’m still not sure he’s got the right stuff to win the general election.”
Obama is rejected by white working class voters. While eggheads love to blame this rejection to racism, the rejection remains. Of course the eggheads do not attribute Hillary’s losses to misogyny. John Kennedy overcame the prejudice against him in West Virginia many years ago – a prejudice against Catholics by the vast white protestant majority. Hillary Clinton is winning over West Virginia voters like John Kennedy did. Obama pretends they don’t matter.
Obama is questioned about being an out of touch elitist egghead. There are doubts about Obama’s patriotism too.
Obama wants to write off white voters instead of asking person-to-person for their votes – like John Kennedy did.
Neil Gillies, an Obama supporter who runs a local environmental nonprofit group, glumly recounted the gibes that his wife, a schoolteacher, hears regularly from her students. “They’re convinced [Obama] is a Muslim, a terrorist, a guy who’s coming to take away their guns,” Gillies said. “It’s just sad.”
Slung along the bottom of West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, Hardy County was once rock-solid Democratic. Senior citizens fondly recall the day Eleanor Roosevelt arrived to dedicate the opening of Moorefield High School in 1941.
But socially conservative church groups and gun-rights supporters here have helped tilt the vote Republican in recent presidential elections. In 2004, Hardy County lined up for George W. Bush by a 3-1 ratio.
“It’s just not going to be easy for Obama to woo crossover Democrats back into the fold,” said P. Merle Black, a professor of politics and government at Emory University and a longtime analyst of Southern voting patterns. “In addition to the race factor, you’ve got huge cultural differences between them and Obama on guns and religion and many of the issues that would make those voters think he doesn’t represent their interests.”
Obama thinks these white voters are “bitter” and that is why they “cling” to guns and God. Any wonder that white working class voters reject Obama?
Obama has made an effort to highlight his religious beliefs and his support for hunters’ rights. But his former pastor’s racially charged sermons — and the candidate’s own comments about small-town Americans who have lost their jobs and “cling to guns or religion” — have not helped his cause.
“I’ve got 50-some guns, and I wasn’t crazy about Obama’s talk about small towns,” said Sam Vetter, 64, a farmer and lifelong Democrat who regrets voting for Bush in 2000. “Besides,” he added, “Obama just doesn’t sound right for an American president.”
Despite a well-financed television campaign and endorsements from Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV and Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, Obama is expected to finish well behind Clinton in West Virginia’s primary, which will award 28 pledged delegates.
Little wonder that Obama/Axelrod/Brazile want to forget about these pesky white voters:
Obama’s support among white male voters, the most tightly contested bloc over the primary season, has slipped. He did well early on in states such as Virginia, where he took 52% of the white male vote to Clinton’s 47%. But this week, Obama lost, 58% to 42%, among white men in Indiana and 55% to 42% in North Carolina. He has won majorities of white male voters in 10 states since January, but Clinton bested him in 13 others, including the critical northern battlegrounds of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
“This is the single biggest problem he faces,” said William A. Galston, a former senior Clinton administration domestic policy advisor who considers Obama the apparent nominee after this week’s results. “This is a party problem, not just his alone. But [Obama] has to be particularly sensitive to addressing these voters.”
The Audacity of Hope is that white voters don’t matter. The Audacity of Hope is that Democrats can win with situation comedy demographics. Clue for eggheads:
For many of Hardy County’s Democrats, though, there seems to be no appeal that will overcome who Obama is and what he represents.
“When we lost all those Democrats who voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004, I felt we just had to have a better bundle of goods to sell,” See said.
“Problem is, I’m not sure we have those goods this time around.”
We’ll discuss why the eggheads Hate Hillary tomorrow.