Wednesday, August 10, 2005

It's the issues, stupid!

Finally the Democrats are learning what we’ve all known since the Republican Revolution of the early 90’s.

Dissatisfaction over the war in Iraq, the economy and rising health care costs might spell trouble for Republicans, but a study by Democratic strategists warns that their party's failure to connect with voters on cultural issues could prevent Democratic candidates from reaping gains in upcoming national elections.

Democrats have expressed bewilderment over Republican gains among lower-income, less-educated voters, saying they are voting against their economic self-interest by supporting Republican candidates. But the new Democracy Corps study concludes that cultural issues trump economic issues by a wide margin for many of these voters -- giving the GOP a significant electoral advantage.

The study is based on focus groups of rural voters in Wisconsin and Arkansas and disaffected supporters of President Bush in Colorado and Kentucky. The good news for Democrats: All the groups expressed dissatisfaction with the direction of the country and with the leadership of the president and the GOP-controlled Congress.

Then came the bad news: "As powerful as the concern over these issues is, the introduction of cultural themes -- specifically gay marriage, abortion, the importance of the traditional family unit and the role of religion in public life -- quickly renders them almost irrelevant in terms of electoral politics at the national level," the study said.
(Source: “For Democrats, a Troubling Culture Gap,” Washington Post, August 10, 2005)

Face it; Republicans are in tune with middle America. We’re no longer the party of country clubs, but the party of Sam’s Club. The left doesn’t understand the non-urban voter, as seen by Amy Klobuchar’s field trip to a farm. The only way the left can start gaining ground in red states is to move to the center a la Bill Clinton. However, I doubt the liberal elites will let their party sell out again. I can't believe they needed a focus group to learn what we all knew.


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