Thursday, November 04, 2004

Living Poor, Voting Rich

The New York Times: "'What we once thought - that people would vote in their economic self-interest - is not true, and we Democrats haven't figured out how to deal with that.'
Bill Clinton intuitively understood the challenge, and John Edwards seems to as well, perhaps because of their own working-class origins. But the party as a whole is mostly in denial.
To appeal to middle America, Democratic leaders don't need to carry guns to church services and shoot grizzlies on the way. But a starting point would be to shed their inhibitions about talking about faith, and to work more with religious groups.
Otherwise, the Democratic Party's efforts to improve the lives of working-class Americans in the long run will be blocked by the very people the Democrats aim to help. "

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