In Ohio, a struggle for the [white] soul of the Democratic Party is playing out

❝ On a sweltering evening in a rural corner of Ohio, the struggle for the soul and identity of the Democratic Party is playing out over wine, meatballs and recriminations about Hillary Clinton’s defeat in last year’s presidential election.

Joe Schiavoni, the former top Democrat in the Ohio state senate, is talking to a crowd at a fundraising event for his fledgling bid to become their next governor. He believes leaders of his party in Washington have lost touch with voters. It’s a familiar refrain among Democrats in a state that helped catapult Republican Donald Trump into the White House in November…

In Ohio, as in other politically competitive “swing” states that Democrats won in 2012 but lost in 2016, Democrats are struggling to come up with a clear message and identity to win back the voters they lost.

❝ Listening to voters is the key to moving forward, some three dozen Democratic Party members across Ohio said in interviews. But there was little consensus on how to win over those voters.

Many of those interviewed said the party’s national leaders have not learned the lessons of last year’s defeat, when many voters rejected the party as too elitist and out of touch with working Americans.

This Reuters article apparently reflects the views of the official Democrat Party – as far as I can see. There is NO mention whatsoever of Black people or Hispanics. Either the party presumes automatic votes or hasn’t looked at anything other than the white chunk of Ohio’s working class.

❝ Angered by last year’s defeats up and down the ballot in Ohio, a group of political consultants circulated a memo to every member of the state party’s executive committee in December.

The memo, which has not been previously reported, lambastes the party leadership for the “electoral carnage” of 2016.

This memo at least acknowledges the inherent racism of ignoring questions affecting Black workers and the Black community in Ohio. It makes no mention of Hispanic workers or community.

11% of Ohio registered voters are Black. Almost 2% are Latino. That’s a lot of folks to take for granted.

One thought on “In Ohio, a struggle for the [white] soul of the Democratic Party is playing out

  1. Ante up says:

    “Minority Populations Driving County Growth in the Rural West” https://headwaterseconomics.org/economic-development/trends-performance/minority-populations-driving-county-growth/
    “Does White America Fear Black Equality? The Economic Forces Behind Trump’s Win” http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/does-white-america-fear-black-equality-economic-forces-behind-trumps-win-2572611
    “The Empty Majority” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/29/opinion/sunday/republicans-douthat-politics.html “…All they [the Democrats] need to do is persuade Americans that they have more to fear from conservative hackwork than from a liberalism in command of politics as well as culture. That’s all. Simple. Place your bets.”

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