THE COST OF IG­NOR­ING THE HEART­LAND

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“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.

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