America’s Cycles of Change

Democrats Have Lost Blue Wall States Forever

Sat, 04 February 2017

However, Donald Trump’s presidency goes, the rejection the Democrats suffered in the major population, old industry states of the so-called Blue Wall looks very unlikely to be reversed by any Democratic national candidate four years from now, or possibly ever.

Trump won nationally, and especially in those states by huge margins with poor, white working class males and females.

As Edward-Isaac Dovere noted in the January-February issue of Politico, Trump’s margins of victory were greatest in counties across the entire US that had recorded the greatest rise in white mortality, especially among working class males in recent years.

Trump had a powerful economic message to those counties and their inhabitants: The Democrats had no economic message of hope or credibility at all.

Even in Hillary Clinton’s home state political fortress of New York, the pattern of rejection outside the great metropolitan center and its wealthy constellation of commuter suburbs was clear: An electoral map of New York State by county showed Trump sweeping the entire upstate area.

This was certainly not enough to offset Clinton’s predictable clear majority in New York City and its wealthy suburbs. But it showed how the alienation of working class white voters in held in rural areas across the United States as well as extending into depressed inner city areas.

Clinton’s defeat therefore was the natural progression and outcome of a process that has lasted at least six years since the Democrats lost control of both chambers of Congress in 2010.

There is no turnaround coming: For the Democrats, things are only going to get worse.