“Has the Democratic Party Gotten Too Rich for Its Own Good?”
A commentary that looks beyond the day’s headlines and poses brutal questions about the Party’s future. Excerpts:
In the 2016 election, the economic elite was essentially half Democratic, according to exit polls: Those in the top 10 percent of the income distribution voted 47 percent for Clinton and 46 percent for Trump. Half the voters Sanders would hit hardest are members of the party from which he sought the nomination. The problem for the Democratic Party is that “them” has become “us.”
Richard V. Reeves, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, highlights the contradictions of modern Democratic liberalism in his new book, “Dream Hoarders: How the Upper Middle Class is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust.”
…can a political party impose costs on its own constituents, especially those voters who make up the most influential faction of the party: the affluent and well educated?
As the share of Democrats who are well-educated and upper middle class grows, how can the party continue to advocate redistributive policies? Can a party survive that calls on its own members to pay the costs of policies designed to help those on the bottom rungs?