Frank Rich of New York Magazine nails it, as he always does:
So hold the empathy and hold on to the anger. If Trump delivers on his promises to the “poorly educated” despite all indications to the contrary, then good for them. Once again, all the Trump naysayers will be proved wrong. But if his administration crashes into an iceberg, leaving his base trapped in America’s steerage with no lifeboats, those who survive may at last be ready to burst out of their own bubble and listen to an alternative. Or not: Maybe, like Hochschild’s new friends in Louisiana’s oil country, they’ll keep voting against their own interests until the industrial poisons left unregulated by their favored politicians finish them off altogether. Either way, the best course for Democrats may be to respect their right to choose.
Basically, the Democrats need to stop wasting their time trying to “reach,” “speak to,” or even understand redneck idiots who for generations have voted against their own interests and continue to do so, no matter what. (See, for example, What’s The Matter With Kansas?) They sit around being brainwashed by Fox News and right-wing hate radio, bitching about how all their problems are the fault of someone else – – usually some “liberals” or “elites” and almost always someone with darker skin – – despite claiming to be from the Party of Personal Responsibility. And, in mind-blowingly hypocritical fashion, they want the government to bail them out by “bringing their jobs back.” (Check our prior post “Bootstraps and Bullshit.”)
In sum, they made their bed. Let them sleep in it. We, on the other hand, need to stay woke.