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Tag Archives: 2008 election
Since the late 90s, political pundits have debated how to define the working class and how to explain their voting patterns. Prior to the 2000 presidential election, a standard definition of the working class combined income, occupation, and education. But … Continue reading
As I’ve pointed out in previous blogs here, here, and here, Democratic politicians led by President Obama have consistently claimed that they are resolutely for a catch-all “middle class,” even as Democratic political strategists, operatives, and pundits publicly worry about … Continue reading
The Center for Working-Class Studies released the results of its latest survey last week. As I look at the results, two things jump out: first, the President is paying a price for doing the right things the wrong way, and … Continue reading
In mid-October of 1992 I was working as the Director of Communications and Public Policy for Local 880 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. It was an exciting time. A young, virtually unknown governor named Bill Clinton had … Continue reading
Memories may be fading, but I’m sure most of you have some vague recollection of last year’s presidential election. Come on, you remember. Lots of bad TV commercials. Debates that weren’t. New and vibrant versus old and tired. America turned … Continue reading
Ruy Teixeira, the progressive political scientist who has most consistently pushed the argument that a Democratic majority would not be possible unless Dems paid more attention to white working-class voters and won a larger portion of their vote, has changed … Continue reading
Progressive Democrats, nudged over the past eight years by progressive social scientists like Ruy Teixeira and Larry Bartels, are frustrated that white working-class voters don’t support Democratic presidential candidates. Special attention was paid to this part of the white vote … Continue reading
Last week, John Russo provided an important look at voting patterns amongst Ohio’s working class and rightly concluded that “the older, predominately white, industrial working class continues to be a major influence on voting patterns but is increasingly being offset … Continue reading
Now that the election is over, pundits of all kinds have begun to pour over the election results in order to determine how Barack Obama won the election. Important here is the question of how and by how much did … Continue reading