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The Democrats' Identity Politics Problem - NYTimes.com


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This is an admirably honest take on a reality that often gets lost in the media hunt for Republican “dog whistles” on race, and the endless columns prophesying the G.O.P.’s extinction if it doesn’t find a way to diversify its ranks. Claims of Republican race-baiting have a way of descending into self-parody (especially at this point in the campaign season), but there is obviously a thread of what I’ve previously described as white identity politics woven into contemporary conservatism  — not a politics of white supremacy or traditional racial animus, but a politics of racial/ethnic/native-born grievance, which regards contemporary liberalism as fundamentally hostile to the interests of middle class and working class whites. (David Frum’s attempt to channel the mood of G.O.P. convention delegates captures what I’m talking about pretty well.)

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