On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Author David Paul Kuhn joined host Ben Domenech to discuss the makeup of the democratic coalition of the ’70s and how it compares to the democratic party of today.
Kuhn wrote about the subject in his most recent book “The Hardhat Riot: Nixon, New York City, and the Dawn of the White Working-Class Revolution.”
Democrats don’t have to win a majority of the white working class, but they have to win enough of them, Kuhn asserted. Joe Biden is potentially in a position to do so in November. Once democrats lose the anti-Trump coalition, which is much larger than the typical democrat coalition, they will have a harder time winning a majority of seats in both houses. Kuhn said the democratic party ought to focus on gaining more white middle class votes.
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“As Karl Rove said about Hispanics in 2004… Republicans don’t have to win Hispanics, they just have to win enough of them. And what the Democrats have misunderstood for a quarter to a half-century is this need that they don’t need to win them [middle class white voters], they just need to win enough of them.”