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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #10)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 12:17 AM

16. They're becoming rarer and rarer

We tend to think of all non-rich people who don't vote Democratic as either misguided racists or religious fanatics who were all duped into switching to the Republicans.

Honestly I think for decades you've always had more than one group among the socially conservative non-rich voters. In particular, I think you have those socially conservatives who economically are getting by but not getting ahead and those who are not getting by period. The former group tend to be the ones who have switched over to the Republican Party. Sort of the Archie Bunker Republicans, if you will.

The latter group, I think, has just given up and stopped voting in large numbers, period. Among those who do, many still vote for Democrats. Fact is that when you are dirt poor, or you grew up dirt poor, you're just not that likely to be a Republican, even if you are white, pro-life, and go to Church every Sunday.

I was rather surprised when a good friend of mine who grew up poor and works for Democratic candidates told me that she thinks abortion should be illegal in all cases, even rape and incest. I asked her if it was the most important issue to her. She said not by a long shot. The most important issue to her was getting people back to work.

The Republican narrative works well with the Archie Bunker types, because they've been convinced that government is taking away money from bootstrappers like them and giving it to welfare queens who don't share their values.

That bootstrapping bullshit doesn't work so well on people who have truly experienced poverty, nor does talking about how much you love Jesus. Of course, many of them are skeptical that Democrats will do shit for them either, and rightfully so.

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