U.S. 2020 Presidential Ballot 2020 Election Sherrod Brown trump Democrats Sherrod Brown is having a moment.The Democratic senator and progressive stalwart from Ohio easily won a third term in November as Republicans swept the state’s constitutional offices and maintained their edge in House seats. His victory in an increasingly red state stands as proof, he says, that “progressives can win, and win decisively, in the heartland.”Democrats hope so. After losing Ohio—and white working-class voters—to Donald Trump two years ago, some party strategists and political pundits now see Brown as a potential presidential contender and his successful Senate campaigns as the blueprint for 2020. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) arrives on stage to deliver remarks on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Alex Wong/Getty A lifelong champion of the pro-labor left who … [Read more...] about Working Class Hero: Does Sherrod Brown Have the Recipe to Beat Donald Trump in 2020?
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Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. I get so tired sometimes. Here is David Brooks today: Working-class voters tried to send a message in 2016, and they are still trying to send it. The crucial question is whether America’s leaders will listen and respond. One way to start doing that is to read Oren Cass’s absolutely brilliant new book, “The Once and Future Worker.” The first part of the book is about how we in the educated class have screwed up labor markets in ways that devalued work and made it harder for people in the working class to find a satisfying job. Part of the problem is misplaced priorities. For the last several decades, American economic policy has been pinioned on one goal: expanding G.D.P. We measure G.D.P. We talk incessantly about economic growth. Between 1975 and 2015, American G.D.P. increased threefold. But what good is that growth if it means that a thick slice of America is discarded for efficiency reasons? … [Read more...] about Hey David: It Wasn’t “We” Who Screwed the Working Class
MILWAUKEE — Joe Biden stepped into a union hall here on Tuesday, spinning another folksy tale, this one about his uncle from Scranton, Pennsylvania, who would tell him: ‘Joe, you’re labor from belt buckle to shoe sole.’” Two days into a big Midwestern push this week that will take him to at least six states — five of which Donald Trump carried — the former vice president was in familiar form, reminding Democrats of the lane he’ll occupy if he decides to run for president in 2020: the party’s ambassador to the working class.Story Continued Below With a Youngstown, Ohio, visit Monday and two Wisconsin rallies Tuesday, Biden has traveled to 22 states to campaign for 60 candidates. In recent weeks, he’s showcased his versatility as a surrogate: He’s stumped in Indiana for Sen. Joe Donnelly; in Florida for Sen. Bill Nelson; and for House candidates ranging from Orange County, California, to Kentucky to Upstate New York. The … [Read more...] about Biden embarks on working class whisperer tour
Every once in a while, I stumble upon some data that catches me off-guard. This is one of those times. Census data show that in our rapidly growing state, the size of the white working-class population — that’s demographic shorthand for white adults without a four-year college degree — has barely budged since the start of this decade. The reason I was looking at this data is because the midterm elections are just around the corner, and this demographic group is of particular interest. They played a key role in the 2016 presidential election. According to Pew Research Center, 64 percent of non-college-educated whites voted nationally for Donald Trump, compared with just 28 percent for Hillary Clinton. This demographic has becoming increasingly aligned with the GOP in recent years, and now makes up a huge chunk of the party’s base. And in Washington, its numbers are stagnant. The state’s total population grew by about 10 percent between 2010 and … [Read more...] about Washington state’s white working class shrinks in share of population — a national trend
James Hohmann, The Washington Post Published 7:27 am PDT, Monday, October 15, 2018 Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, seen here on May 3, 2017. Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, seen here on May 3, 2017. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By David Paul Morris Photo: Bloomberg Photo By David Paul Morris Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, seen here on May 3, 2017. Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, seen here on May 3, 2017. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By David Paul Morris The Daily 202: Joe Biden appeals to working-class whites who defected to Trump. Is that how Democrats win again? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery HAMMOND, Ind. - Nobody inside the Beltway refers to Joe Biden as "Middle-Class … [Read more...] about The Daily 202: Joe Biden appeals to working-class whites who defected to Trump. Is that how Democrats win again?