Back on November 27, 2011 a story in the New York Times by Thomas B. Edsall announced specific plans by the Obama campaign to abandon the white working class in the 2012 election:
For decades, Democrats have suffered continuous and increasingly severe losses among white voters. But preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.
The white working class has responded with their acceptance of Obama’s decision, and have abandoned him back. The result is that white working class voters are expanding the battleground state map.
The election isn’t just coming down to Ohio. There’s plenty of evidence that, given Obama’s struggles with white working-class voters, he could face some unexpected headwinds in states that have been in the Democratic column during presidential years since at least 1988.
Republicans are lucky to get 5% of the Black vote. But they’d never say they were abandoning the Black vote. Republicans hold out hope that someday more Black Americans will realize that the Republican party remains what it has always been, the party of freedom for the Black citizen. The party that wants to repair the damage done to the Black family by Democrat policies. The party that cares about those things with or without Black votes. The white working class abandoning Obama now are doing so because of his policies and the sort of man he has shown himself to be. It is most certainly not because of his race, in fact many of them voted for him 2008 in hopes of finally getting beyond race in American politics. That was a worthy goal that has flopped due to Obama and his brand of Democrats who will never give up attempting to play some sort of race card in their desperate attempt to hold on to the majority Black vote, even if it means supporting public policies that harm Black America.
All this has been an instructive lesson in just which party is sowing racial division in America. It’s always been the Democrat party, with slavery, then Jim Crow, segregation, lynching of Blacks and opposing anti-lynching laws in the 1930’s, and for the last 40 years with race baiting and phony accusations of racism against conservatives and Republicans. Finally now it has come down to an explicit rejection of white working class voters by a Black president. Hard to imagine what else they can come up with in their continual attempts to divide America on racial lines.
Democrats have somehow fooled Black voters into believing it is the party of civil rights. But except for Lyndon Johnson, Democrats largely opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of the 1965. It was Republican senators who helped Johnson push that legislation through Congress. Since then the most massive rewrite of history in history has taken place.