The author of this piece, Jonah Goldberg, is a neocon dumbass who was a Bush cheerleader in the 2000s. His wife, Jessica Savora, is a former aid to uber-police statist John Ashcroft (Asscrack). But the political science research he’s citing is correct. White liberal and left opinions have moved way to the left of conventional minority opinions on many issues, even racially-charged issues.
By Jonah Goldberg
“No Democrat is going to win the nomination for president of the United States without African American support. Nor should they,” Kate Bedingfield, Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell last week.
Ms. Bedingfield was pushing back on a single bad poll for Mr. Biden (from Monmouth University) that had the media and the other Democratic campaigns smelling blood in the water. The poll now seems to be the outlier that the Biden people say it is. But Ms. Bedingfield’s argument has a longer shelf life both for the Democratic primary and the country.
Let’s start with the big picture. For decades, African Americans have been an outsize segment of the Democratic base, all but defining the leftmost ideology of the party. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, the Congressional Black Caucus et al. may have been to the left of the average black voter (depending on the state), but at the national level they were the anchor of what constituted the most liberal major constituency of the Democratic coalition.
Now, that has changed. The most liberal flank of the Democratic Party is far whiter than it used to be, and decidedly to the left of many of the party’s blacks and other racial minorities on a wide range of issues.