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Edsall on the Democrats’ Left Turn

There’s a lot that’s interesting, if not especially surprising, here, including data showing that on average, white liberals are to the left of blacks on racial questions. Thus 18 percent of white liberals think that blacks who can’t get ahead are mostly responsible for their own condition, while 32 percent of blacks think that.

In the New York Times, Thomas Edsall writes, “One question is whether the recent heightened emphasis that white liberal Democrats place on social issues — as opposed to economic issues — contributed to the 2016 decline in minority voting and possibly to the long-term decline of Democratic support from the white working class.” Good question!

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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