THE COST OF IGNORING THE HEARTLAND
“Democrats may see Donald Trump as a horrific freak of nature, but the fact remains that he received 63 million votes — 2 million more than Mitt Romney in 2012 and 3 million more than John McCain in 2008,” veteran political analyst Charlie Cook says in an essay for National Journal, adding that Republicans also beat Democrats in the House popular vote, 49.1 percent to 48 percent.
“Increasingly Democrats are becoming a party of urban areas, college towns, minority voters and the East and West Coasts. The heartland, often derided by Democrats as ‘flyover country,’ is now becoming a no-fly zone for the party,” Mr. Cook continues.
“Simply put, Democrats need to expand their sensitivity-training courses to include people who live in small-town and rural America — middle-class white voters, people who live paycheck to paycheck and whites who attend church at least once a week. Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal coalition of voters is now officially dead. Democrats were losing these voters before Donald Trump came along and will continue to do so beyond his presidency unless they show genuine concern for these constituencies,” says Mr. Cook.