This good morning, after breakfast and a shower, I was browsing the Memeorandum trends looking for topics to write about, when this one popped up:
When you see a headline like that, you know it’s either at the New York Times or at the Washington Post; sure enough, it’s the WaPo.
It starts by asking,
Why did all those Economically Anxious™ Trump voters reject policies that would have helped relieve their economic anxiety?
The headline and the opening sentence are based on the following premises:
a. The white
b. working class
c. doesn’t know what’s good for them,
d. the Dems know better than the voters themselves.
Having established points a-through-d above, the author, Catherine Rampell ventures into the speculative weeds,
Maybe they believed any Big Government expansions would disproportionately go to the “wrong” kinds of people — that is, people unlike themselves.
Again, Rampell takes for granted another premise: that all remedies, actions and initiatives must necessarily depart from
Munificent, paternalistic government raining manna down on the working, or not: the stuff that Dems’ dreams are made of.
I was going to do a fisking, but William Teach did a very good job already.
The article’s most revealing statement, and perhaps the most honest one, is this (emphasis added):
But there seems to be universal agreement, at least among the Democratic politicians and strategists I’ve interviewed, that the party’s actual ideas are the right ones.
In plain English, Democrats universally agree they’re right and everybody else is wrong.
Pauline Kael is attributed with having said in 1972, “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken.” Rampell joins Kael in the land of liberal provincialism, but at least forty four years ago Kael acknowledged her own provincialism.
No wonder Rod Dreher’s saying, ‘My Fellow Liberals, I’m Tired Of You’.
Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.