Democrats are grappling with how to keep their progressive base happy while winning over white working-class voters who left the party in the 2016 elections.
Defections by blue-collar voters cost Democrat Hillary Clinton the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, all of which went to President Trump. It was the first time since 1988 that a GOP presidential candidate had won Michigan or Pennsylvania, and the first time since 1984 in Wisconsin.
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Commentary by The Secular Jurist: As detailed many times on this blog, the real dilemma for Democrats isn’t the gap between the white working class and progressives (which is social and cultural, not economic), but the gap between the party establishment and populist sentiment (which is centered almost exclusively on economic issues). Unfortunately, Democratic Party leaders don’t want to address the latter problem because doing so would anger their corporate donors.