Here’s Uncle Dave referencing his colleague Brownstein:
As Ronald Brownstein of the National Journal noted, “The stampede toward the GOP among blue collar whites was powerful almost everywhere.” Republicans captured at least 35 seats in the U.S. House in districts where the percentage of whites with college degrees lags behind the national average. The old industry towns in the Midwest were the epicenter of the disaster.
Notice the references to “blue-collar whites” and “where the percentage of whites with college degrees lags behind the national average.” What about blue-collar “other color” people or “other color” people without college degrees? Are the “other color” people in these categories less attuned to their economic and social interests than the middle- and southern-America white people in these categories? Do you have to be white in those regions to understand that Democrats are bad for your civic health and economic well-being? Do these columnists think about what they are writing and what it means? If you are an “other color” working-class person why might you choose to vote for a Democrat?
Maybe there’s something else going on that explains those voting percentages.
Here’s part of Brownstein’s commentary:
The bigger problem is that in many states between the coasts, the Democrats’ coalition isn’t big enough on its own to provide a majority; to win, Democrats must run competitively among the rest of the white electorate, the college-educated white men, and noncollege white men and women. And on Tuesday, too few Democrats could meet that test. According to exit polls, Republican Senate candidates this week won at least 58 percent of noncollege whites in Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Republicans won all of those contests.
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So Democrats emerge from this week confronting a huge demographic hole: their meager performance among all white voters except women with college degrees (who tend to be both more socially liberal and more receptive to activist government). And they face a huge geographic hole: a collapse in the interior states, which tend to be whiter and older than the coastal states, with fewer college graduates.