Tuesday, May 13, 2008

And Clinton wins West Virginia

White working class voters are not necessarily against Obama, but their treatment by the Obama campaign and in the back and forth between it and Clinton's have made the idea that Clinton has the white working class for her major support a self-fulfilling prophecy. The truth of the matter is that the white working class has more members than the entire population of African-Americans in the U.S. and is probably equal or greater than the total number of minorities in the United States. It's not an inconsequential demographic. THe number of people who belong to the white working class, as defined in a previous post here is around 80,000,000. This over counts the number because the employment breakdown included both the owners of small retail businesses and their employees, as well as due to the issue of some Latinos not being counted in the "Other Race" reporting section of the Census but instead being melded in with the white statistics. It also under counts because these are employed people over the age of 16, thereby not including women who are house wives and elderly people who aren't employed, as well as kids who can't vote. But I the number is not completely off, and isn't just a random stab in the dark.

When you're talking about writing off the white working class you're talking about writing off at least eighty million people, or about a quarter of the population of the United States.

This is why the arrogance of the bloggers, progressives, and generally elite liberals who talk about Clinton appealing to the working class as being bad is extraordinarily stupid and short sighted. Obama has become the candidate who has a radical black pastor and basically calls people ignorant over God, liking guns, as well as scapegoating hispanic immigrants when the economic chips are down.

And it won't even be racial. It'll be a simple matter of Democracy. After all, don't the opinions of 80,000,000 people count?

The translation of that is liberal elitists and special interest groups who don't reflect the mainstream of Ameica walking all over them and spitting in their faces.

If Obama doesn't try to repair his relationship with working class voters before November there will probably be 25% of Americans who you can guarantee will look to McCain.

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