Democrats would be wise to take the preferences of center-right voters into account.
American Party Realignment
America’s political parties are realigning. College-educated voters in affluent Sun Belt states are switching to the Democrats. Many working voters in the industrial Midwest voted for Donald Trump in 2016.
Both parties have essentially accepted the New Deal consensus. What’s next?
Republicans have surrendered to Donald Trump and his philosophy. Classical liberals should work with the Democrats.
Free marketeers now have more in common with social democrats than they do with conservatives.
Hillary Clinton got more support from white college graduates than we knew.
Democrats are the party of the cities and diversity. Republicans are the party of the left behind.
Views about cultural and demographic change play a big role.
Europe’s social democrats tried to win back working-class voters. They ended up losing supporters in the middle.
Most Republicans support the president, but a large minority puts the party first. That could portend a political realignment.
Middle-class Americans have more in common with Democrats than with Donald Trump’s coalition of the left-behind.