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  •  Call me a skeptic... (3+ / 0-)
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    mftalbot, boofdah, Micheline

    ...but if the future of progressive politics really depends on privileged whitebread liberals, I'm not optimistic.

    •  It depends on whites not locked into the GOP (13+ / 0-)

      Dems already get a solid majority of white union family votes, and, depending on the poll, a slender majority of white working class votes overall (It all depends on who you define "working class)

      If those majorities could be turned into supermajorities - like, say, the GOP has with white evangelical Christians - the things would change in a hurry. But the modern Democratic Party hasn't had much luck making that happen, and I don't see many signs that is going to change. So the Starbucks vote, by default, becomes the swing.

      •  Wow, I hope that my melanin deficiency (0+ / 0-)
        doesn't keep me from being part of "we".

        Having credibility when making an argument is the straightest path to persuasion.

        by SpamNunn on Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 08:25:03 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, but (0+ / 0-)

        It's not that I doubt the analysis, per se, though I have to admit to experiencing a bit of a twinge when I discovered that once again well-off whites have been discovered to be the key demographic.

        No, my skepticism has mostly to do with worries that privileged whites will not prove to be reliable allies.  I could be wrong but I can't look at today's young white progressives (and I'm one of them!) without remembering that the sixties generation gave way to the me generation that gave way to the yuppies.

        •  Non-reliable allies (1+ / 0-)

          "No, my skepticism has mostly to do with worries that privileged whites will not prove to be reliable allies."

          How reliable they will be depends on where the Democrats try to take them. But it's like with Hispanic voters -- in theory, many of them should be open to Republican persuation on cultural "values" (i.e. abortion) but the GOP's conservative white base just can't get over their racist selves: They go out of their way to alienate Hispanic voters by turning the debate over immigration reform into a crusade to take "their" country back from the dreaded Mexicans.

          Likewise, many socially liberal affluent white voters (your "privileged whites") should be reachable on economic issues (i.e. taxes) but the GOP's Christian Taliban keeps getting in the way by making ridiculous demands and generally acting like a bunch of fanatical lunatics.

          The basic problem (for the Republicans, I mean) is that its white conservative base doesn't feel like it has to make any concessions to anybody.

          As long as they keep that up, I think the Democrats will continue to have a lot of non-reliable allies.

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