Michelle Obama Falls Into the Identity Politics Trap

The high point of Michelle Obama’s rousing speech to the Democratic Convention came when she was discussing her efforts to protect her children from the pettiness of politics in the spotlight. She encouraged them that the hateful language they hear “does not represent the true spirit of the country” and that when someone acts like…
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Demography Will Never Be Destiny for Divisive Democrats

Despite their ranks being decimated at nearly every level of government some true-believing Democrats continue to believe they are the “coalition of their ascendant.” Their thinking is that they are forming a coalition centered on millennials, minorities and socially liberal whites, each of which is a growing demographic group. Although Democrats are losing now, these…
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Identity Politics Has Failed, But Democrats Stand Behind It

The ascendency of Donald Trump to the highest office in the United States was sure to cause a crisis for liberalism. Inevitably, liberals—mostly those with their own blogs—would deign it necessary to figure out what went so wrong that a candidate like Hillary Clinton could get beaten by a candidate like Donald Trump. For several…
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The Inevitable Crash and Burn of Democrats’ Identity Politics

This blog has long warned of the inevitable failure of the Democrats’ “identity politics” strategy. When viewed in the macro the strategy makes sense – in lieu of a broad-based coalition White House number crunchers figure out how to cobble together a group of unrelated constituencies and then setting out to give speeches or pass…
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The Trouble With Mining Identity Politings for Political Gold

The White House team have perfected campaign data-crunching. They have pioneered and mastered the art of finding on-the-fence voters, discovering what their issues are, and then coming up with messaging designed to sway their vote. It’s effective, but it’s also potentially problematic. It means that politics isn’t so much about finding and supporting issues that…
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