Democrats went to a weekend retreat where, in addition to listening to human troll-doll David Brock tell them how they should oppose Trump, they also attended seminars on “How to Talk to Real People.”
Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D), along with Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), held a session on “speaking to those who feel invisible in rural America,” according to the schedule. Other sessions were along similar lines: “Listening to those feel unheard” and “Rising America — They feel unheard too.”
The Democrats seeking to become their parties leaders have already answered that question, “Tell them to sit down and shut up.”
Democrats have long sneered at the concerns of working class voters, or attacked them as racists, as “deplorables,” as “bitter clingers.” They scoff at working class voters for being so stupid that “they voted against their own interests and elected a billionaire.”
When working class voters complained that, “Government regulations and tax policies are driving manufacturing jobs overseas, and the trade jobs are being taken over by illegal immigrants,” both parties waved off their concerns. Republicans said, “But look at all the wonderful cheap merchandise you guys can buy at your Wall Marts.” Democrats said, “Oh, don’t worry, we’ll sign you up for welfare/job training…. Why are you still whining about jobs when obviously gay marriage, Mohammedan refugees, Black Lives Matters, and Climate Change are so much more important than you idiots in flyover country can ever imagine? And, by the way, Check your privilege!”
The stupid, deplorable, bitter-clingers voted for ‘that Detestable Billionaire’ because he actually seemed concerned about them. And even if he was faking it, he wasn’t sneering at them, or patronizing them.
I doubt a weekend seminar is going to fix the Democratic penchant for talking down to working class voters, or for prioritizing the fetishes of coastal elites over the economic circumstances of working class Americans. It’s too embedded in their DNA.