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1 socrets  Jan 8, 2015 8:30:06pm

Sorry, but the working class whites described in the article lost whatever sympathy people (and myself) may have had for them after they started voting for Republicans in huge numbers because LBJ had the audacity to not only recognize Black Americans as human beings, but to actually enforce that idea on the states (The only legitimate governing entity according to them). At this point in the game, that demographic has largely abandoned the Democrats and trying to chase after them is a fool’s errand and a waste of time (After all, why vote for a Diet Republican when you can vote for the real thing?). They’ve had time after time to improve their lives by voting Democrat but decided that trying to put a certain colored people back in their place was more important.

On a side note, there is no way in Hell I’m voting for Webb, even if he is a fellow Virginian. I’ll be damned if I’m gonna vote for a traitor-loving Calhounist who gave up the second he ran into a little opposition in the Senate to his pet issues in order to do something that no one really knows what.

2 CarolJ  Jan 8, 2015 11:21:24pm

I find myself agreeing-and another thing-demographics are making the working class itself less white than ever before, and more urban, too. The best policy for those people would be infrastructure that connects the towns to the cities so that they can commute to available jobs there, and so that jobs can come to those small towns.

3 freetoken  Jan 9, 2015 1:34:24am
The simple truth is that working-class whites see the Democratic Party as hostile to their interests as workers and citizens.

Because of what? FDR? Truman?

Or, on the other hand, have the cumulative skills of Madison-Avenue-polished political operatives been able to (the past 40 years, since Nixon) use said skills to convince a voting block into marching down a path based on more suppressed feelings?

The areas noted - KY, WV, AR - are highly religious, fundamentalist Christian dominated and their religious beliefs are used against them in political manipulations.

… with work that isn’t steady if it pays well, and doesn’t pay much if it’s full time—

We call that “Walmart”.

4 Rocky-in-Connecticut  Jan 9, 2015 3:55:41am

and the bitter irony is that I’ll wager well close to 100% of the TV sets in these neighborhoods are tuned permanently to Fox News, telling them how the rich are actually victims in all this and whites are oppressed.

5 aagcobb  Jan 9, 2015 5:27:41am

The irony is that democratic proposals help poor whites as well as poor minorities. Less face it, affirmative action is already dead as a doornail; a moot issue. But here in Kentucky, hundreds of thousands of poor whites are getting Medicaid or inexpensive health insurance previously unavailable to them. These same people either didn’t vote or voted for Mitch McConnell who told them they could keep Kynect (Kentucky’s health insurance exchange) while repealing the hated Obamacare.

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