Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Democrats have a race problem. It’s not what they think.

By Samuel Goldman, The Week

Democrats are approaching panic. Frustrated by congressional wrangling and sagging presidential approval, the party is looking to reverse a trend that points toward heavy losses in 2022 and perhaps 2024, when former President Donald Trump seems likely to mount another bid for the White House.

Political analyst David Shor has an answer. Along with other “popularists,” he argues Democrats should emphasize the best-polling parts of their agenda — like expanded healthcare benefits — and downplay culture war flashpoints.

These arguments have gotten a lot of attention in the media, where profiles of genius strategists are a popular genre. But they’re viewed with suspicion by progressive activists, who see them as catering to mostly older, white, suburban swing constituencies at the expense of Democrats’ core constituencies, including minorities and young voters.


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