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Obama 'Gives Up on White Working Class'

Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 09:45 AM

By Martin Gould


President Barack Obama has virtually given up hope of winning the white middle-class vote and is instead concentrating on more affluent liberals and minorities, according to an Op-Ed in The New York Times.

“All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment — professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists — and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic,” writes Times contributor Thomas Edsall.

“The 2012 approach treats white voters without college degrees as an unattainable cohort,” Edsall, the political editor of the Huffington Post, writes in the Times’ Campaign Stops series.

“The Democratic goal with these voters is to keep Republican winning margins to manageable levels, in the 12 to 15 percent range, as opposed to the 30-point margin of 2010 — a level at which even solid wins among minorities and other constituencies are not enough to produce Democratic victories.

Edsall quotes Democratic analyst Ruy Tuxeira as saying, “The Republican Party has become the party of the white working class.”


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