Democrats are incensed about the “Russia Thing,” whatever that might be, but it takes away from valuable conversations that need to take place.
The investigation of Trump and his orbit, and how those individuals interacted with Russian characters abroad, is fascinating. It’s truly riveting stuff, but I don’t see how it helps Democrats to win unless that tree bears fruit. Let those investigations play out. As things stand now, the president has approval ratings not remarkably lower than when he was elected.
The individuals who matter in upcoming elections are not those folks who voted for Romney and Bush twice each – it’s the people who flipped from Obama to Trump. If you want to lambast those people as racist or ignorant, that’s your prerogative, but I don’t see how it helps anything. The goal should be to win back disillusioned voters, not denigrate them.
And that’s why the focus should be on policy goals, not cultural wars or identity issues. The economy improved dramatically after Obama inherited a disaster in 2009. The current economy is a testament to that: for most Americans, the economy has returned to pre-crisis levels, and for others, things are less rosy. For those with a high school diploma or less, unemployment rates sit at almost twice the rate of college grads.
The voters who pushed the blue states into the Republican fold are largely of the latter cohort: education became a much more salient factor in this election. Whereas income or race might have been more predictive before, that split between educational attainment mattered measurably more.