There’s been a lot of post-election analysis on why Democrats lost. And I’m not just talking Hillary Clinton, but also why Democrats failed to secure House, Senate, and state level positions that should have been within their reach. I’m not going to get into the thick of it – besides I’ve previously posted on Facebook about how we need to stop calling all Trump supporters racist/bigoted/misogynistic/uneducated because that really does nothing to figure out why Democrats lost.
If you’re still wondering why or if you’re not tired of the endless analysis, I suggest you read this article from The Atlantic: Democrats Don’t Have an Easy Answer for the Rust Belt. Pay attention in particular to this part:
Democrats “remain obsessed with cultural issues,” University of California-Hastings professor Joan C. Williams wrote, in a Harvard Business Review essay shortly after the election. “I fully understand why transgender bathrooms are important, but I also understand why progressives’ obsession with prioritizing cultural issues infuriates many Americans whose chief concerns are economic.”
Yup – pretty much. And I know some of you out there are thinking/saying “why is someone’s economic security more important than my fundamental rights?” Sadly that’s not an argument you’re going to win. Getting people to care about your fundamental human rights – aka voting in a selfless manner – doesn’t matter much to them if they can’t support their own family. Unfair? Absolutely. Selfish? Yes, but it’s also realistic.
If we keep pushing a non-economic agenda, we’re going to keep getting creamed. If we don’t figure out a way to assuage voters’ economic anxieties, there’s isn’t going to be time/room to talk about fundamental rights on a national level – because we’ll never be able to successfully push that agenda.
Is this the only answer/explanation as to why Democrats lost? Obviously not – but it does partly explain the harsh reality of losing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.