Democrats, Republicans, and Homeless Voters

First Things | 9/14/2017 | Pete Spiliakos
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There are some voters politicians don’t understand, and there are some voters politicians don’t want. In a rather amazing interview, Hillary Clinton basically admitted that she neither understood, nor much cared for (in any sense of term) the people who switched from supporting Obama to supporting Trump. It is both sad and funny, but Republicans and conservatives should not get complacent. There is a reason those voters didn’t support a knowledgeable and personally decent fellow like Mitt Romney.

Clinton said that Trump was “quite successful in referencing the nostalgia that would give hope, comfort, settle grievances, for millions of people who were upset about gains that were made by others.”

Stanley - Greenberg - Nancy - Zdunkewicz - Michigan

That wasn’t what Stanley Greenberg and Nancy Zdunkewicz found when they interviewed Michigan Trump voters who had previously supported Obama. These voters feel that their jobs are more precarious, their health care has become more expensive, and both business and politicians would gladly sell them out.

Clinton’s smearing of these voters is more than just self-justification. It is also explanation. She is saying out loud what these voters probably already knew she thought about them. Voters are often more perceptive than political commentators assume.

Example - Look - Mitt - Romney - Gaffe

For example, look at Mitt Romney. His most famous gaffe was his calling 47 percent of voters deadbeats who are incapable of learning “that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

This story dominated the news for weeks, and Romney’s support in the Real Clear Politics average of polls fell from 45.5 percent, all the way to . . . 44.6 percent. Given how many news cycles were lost to this story, you would have expected a bigger Romney drop, even if the “gaffe” had been mismatched socks.

Guess - Voters - Romney - Campaign - Idea

My guess is that the voters already knew. Romney had built his entire campaign around the idea that the people who...
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