Playing Down the White Gap

A new WaPo poll shows the problem with the idea that Obama can’t win working class white voters…namely that Democrats never win working class white voters.

Much of the focus in the Democratic race has been on Obama’s difficulty in winning the votes of working-class whites. Against Obama, McCain is ahead among whites without college degrees by 52 percent to 40 percent, not that different from McCain’s advantage over Clinton in this new poll.

These sort of historical contexts seem completely lost on stuck-in-the-moment television pundits.