From Matt Vespa at Townhall,
So, what to do? The article noted that the college-educated, and mostly liberal, segments of America flock to the cities for economic opportunities, while the non-college educated stay home. Therein rests the urban/rural divide and the emerging Republican stronghold that covers most of the country.
To reverse this trend, liberals don’t know what to do. Wald cited ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis who said that hipsters should move to Iowa. I don’t think that’s going to work. Moreover, we’ve seen what happens when liberals move to rural America; they make them more Republican because of their insufferable politics. The question for Democrats is very much a red pill, blue pill option. Risk the wrath of nonwhite voters in the Democratic Party for shifting focus away from issues, like Black Lives Matter, and focus trying to win back these white working class voters that number in the tens of millions through a concerted economic messaging campaign. Or double-down on identity politics and hope the Republican advantage in the rural areas dies out.
The latter isn’t coming any time soon—and Wald notes the dangers of both. Democrats aren’t guaranteed that white working class voters will return to the rank-and-file. The Left’s relationship with identity politics from the urban areas blanketed the rural areas that had good numbers of Democrats with a thick smugness that has pushed them closer to the GOP, shocked at being shunned to push an agenda based on speech codes, safe spaces, and political correctness. More.
Reality check: Rural and small-town cultural identities tend to revolve around work and achievement: e.g. I’m a trucker, a born-again Christian, a Ford owner, and a Steelers fan. Urban areas are more likely to encourage identities relating to grievance and entitlement: I have post-traumatic stress disorder and attention deficit disorder, the social worker doesn’t do enough for me, and people disrespect my culture and my beliefs. It’s hardly likely that the same political culture will appeal to both.
If the Dems choose to stick with the urban aggrieved, they must export them and their values to rural areas. Let’s see how that turns out.
See also: Why friends don’t understand how hard the Democrats were hit by US 2016
Talking to friends about the American election, I’m sometimes surprised at the extent to which they buy into traditional mainstream media views as if those media still represented a window on the world instead of being victims of changes they do not understand.