Popular stereotypes of Republicans and Democrats often are wrong

  If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t know as much about rank-and-file Republicans and Democrats as you think you do. The popular stereotypes in your mind probably are greatly exaggerated. What’s more, these inaccuracies tend to be especially pronounced if you’re a Democrat thinking of Republicans in general or a Republican thinking of Democrats in general. The simple truth of the matter is that our minds tend to be cluttered with distorted pictures of members of the parties on the opposite side of...

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Debunking political falsehoods about working-class whites

  There’s a theory going around these days to the effect that Donald Trump is luring scads of working-class white folks, much to the detriment of the Democratic Party. But the theory is mostly nonsense. For one thing, lots of working-class whites became Republicans long ago. They’re sometimes called “Reagan Democrats.” For another thing, working-class whites represent a smaller and smaller share of the overall electorate. Conservative whites began to abandon the Democratic Party in the 1960s when President Lyndon...

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Are Democrats turning away from the trap of political centrism?

When Democrats in the U.S. House voted this past  Friday against key provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement touted by President Obama, the ramifications perhaps went beyond the legislative issue at hand. Perhaps it signaled fundamental change in the Democratic Party, a move away from so-called centrism. Columnist Paul Krugman, a Nobel laureate, seems to think that’s case, as we see HERE: The Democratic Party is becoming more assertive about its traditional values…You could say that Democrats are moving left....

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Democrats have a good chance of recapturing control of the Senate

Mathematics and history indicate that the Democratic Party will be in a pretty good position to retake control of the U.S. Senate in the 2016 elections. Regarding the math, there’s this: Republicans will be defending 24 Senate seats next year, while Democrats will defend only 10, most of which seem safe. As for history, when a Democrat wins the presidential election, the party usually does well in Senate races. And polls currently indicate that the Dems will hold the White House. There’s more about all of this...

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On two counts, public attitudes on economic issues seem to bode well for Dems in 2016

In a recent national poll — and for the first time in more than five years — a plurality of Americans (49 percent) gave President Obama positive marks for his handling of the economy. That same poll also showed that a sizable majority of Americans, even most Republicans, express concern about the growing economic gap between the rich and everyone else. Both of those survey results would seem to be good for Democratic Party prospects in next year’s elections, as Ed Kilgore explains HERE: So it may well be that Hillary...

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