Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

"We found substantial change in party identification across the presidencies of Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Barack Obama -- particularly during Obama's tenure," [sociologist Stephen L.] Morgan says. "Many eligible working class voters were becoming less attached to the Democratic Party, but their loyalties weren't shifting to the Republican Party." ... The survey didn't question why voters who changed party affiliation did so, but Morgan suspects a number of causes: a slow economic recovery after the recession; a failure by those in office to prosecute the individuals responsible for the collapse of financial institutions; the continuing erosion of real wages for semi-skilled and unskilled workers.

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Morgan estimates that between 6 and 10 percent of working class voters shifted allegiances -- not enough for the Democratic Party to entirely lose its overall working-class advantage.

Meanwhile, Morgan found certain other Democrats became even more loyal to the party -- white collar professionals and other higher-paid workers.

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There is no perfect party, because every human in a special-interest group.

#1 | Posted by cbob at 2017-08-08 11:08 PM | Reply

I wonder if our party will learn anything from this? Oh, wait, how much money are the banks and globalists paying us? It must be fake news, then.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-09 07:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There is no Government, of, by and for the people, at least in the USA. We do have a few voices at the national and local levels proposing fixes. Zero chance of success in the current political climate. Too many people hold false beliefs.

#3 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-08-09 07:05 AM | Reply

Trump pretended that he would bring jobs back from overseas and many Democrats believed him. He was lying, we told you that but you chose to believe him instead. Good luck with that stupid.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-09 08:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump pissed down the working class voters back and told them it was raining.

They were stupid to believe it. Now they are bitter that they were so stupid.

Meanwhile the entrenched special interests are consolidating their power of the government.

This will end well.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2017-08-09 10:12 AM | Reply

Trump pretended that he would bring jobs back from overseas and many Democrats believed him. He was lying, we told you that but you chose to believe him instead. Good luck with that stupid.

Democrats want a populist candidate. Are you going to give them one, or lose again with a charlatan like Kamala Harris?

#6 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2017-08-09 10:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I wonder if our party will learn anything from this? Oh, wait, how much money are the banks and globalists paying us? It must be fake news, then.

#2 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT

Well we could have passed campaign finance reform but your darling little Republicans blocked it.

#7 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-08-09 11:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The Internet has given rise to a new type of population, one that can be differentiated among many more vectors than a simple "Do you belong to this or that?" type of system. Most people say they belong to a party but in reality they just identify with the party that they agree with "the most". Which doesn't mean they agree with everything the party does. Most of us have our nuanced disagreements with legislation but agree with the direction the party is trying to take the legislation. So now, you have millions of people who are saying they are Independent because they don't agree with everything one party is known for (which, funny enough, those people are clueless as to what the Independent party actually is) but their agenda is on point. People don't want to be classified anymore and it's going to get worse. Hopefully it means the end of the partisan system as we know it but it's too early to tell.

#8 | Posted by humtake at 2017-08-09 12:02 PM | Reply

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