Liberals were disheartened by the administration’s reluctance to press for single-payer universal health coverage. Suburbanites disliked the deficit spending, and working-class whites, especially in Appalachia, were turned off by the administration’s cultural liberalism and push for stricter regulations on coal usage. The end result of this was the disaster of 2010, which would have been much worse had Republicans not nominated unacceptable candidates in a half-dozen vulnerable House seats and three Senate races (the GOP has its own, widely commented upon, coalitional problems).[…]Democrats are increasingly confronted with either raising taxes on their suburban constituents or cutting spending on their downscale voters to deal with debt; either move will likely enrage the affected group. […]These moves aren’t without far-reaching consequences. As red and blue states alike have difficulty delivering on commitments to workers made long ago, will those workers continue to believe that government programs are a key component of economic security? Or if the other path is taken, will upscale voters continue to vote Democrat? Perhaps, but it really does seem like an either-or proposition is more likely.
These are the right questions to ask, and it’s something that should be worrying the people at the DNC as they game plan for future elections. This will be one of the more interesting political stories to keep a watch on over the next decade.Read the whole thing.[Cannon image courtesy of Shutterstock]