Dems Must Double Down on ‘Identity Politics’

In what may be music to the ears of former White House Chief Strategist Bannon, former Hillary Clinton adviser Zerlina Maxwell urged Democrats to double down on “identity politics” during an MTP Daily discussion on Monday.

Maxwell said on MSNBC that “identity politics need to be at the center of what the Democrats need to do going forward” even though Bannon told the American Prospect‘s Robert Kuttner that Republicans would “crush” Democrats if they become the salad-bowl party.

“The Democrats,” Bannon told Kuttner, “the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

New York Times reporter Nick Confessore pointed out that it is impossible for Democrats to be a majority party “absent a coalition of a substantial number of working-class white voters.” He pointed out that every Democrat who was won the presidency, including former President Barack Obama, has won over working-class white voters in places like Macomb County, Michigan. Confessore said that if Democrats don’t appeal to these voters, they will continue to be a “minority party for years to come.”

Mark Lilla, the author of The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, recently told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, that Bannon understands the country’s politics.


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  • disqus_rEWjgfyzIp

    The only way the democraps will beat the republican party at this time is to be more in touch with reality and stop acting like little kids throwing a temper tantrum.

  • Daniel from TN

    Nothing new here folks! Move along.

  • W. Coyote

    Of course the saintly Republicans would never stoop to identity politics-except for all the talk of “real Americans”, and except for the 99.9% white rallies, and except for the “birther” myth, and except for talk of a wall on the southern border but no mention of a wall on the northern border.

    • unbridled

      The problem with you people is that you support things like selling other people’s aborted baby parts without their permission. You love invaders coming into the country at an uncontrolled rate that may very well rape or kill others. The more the merrier but not in your neighborhood. Your not quite THAT adventurous are you? You love people that would chop your head off for the fact that you are liberal to begin with. It’s ironic because you share their ideas about tolerance with them. Neither of you have any. You hate your own country and you can never make any sense of the reasons why. You don’t know why, you just do. That’s why you suck so badly….FOOLS!

      • W. Coyote

        unbridled- Good evening and thank you for your reply. I read and re-read your comment looking in vain for something we could agree on. It seems to me that you are making a lot of false assumptions so you can reach your insult.
        First of all, I have no idea how you arrived at “you hate your country”. Really? Actually, I love this country very much and fully appreciate the freedoms we enjoy, including the First Amendment under which we can both express our opinions.
        My original comment was based on a contradiction. Steve Bannon and the author of this article seem to think that only Democrats play “identity politics”. I was simply providing some specific examples of Republicans, including Donald Trump engaging in identity politics. Now if you have some substantive remarks about that specific issue that would disprove my counter-argument, I would sure like to hear them. If all you can offer are false charges and insults, you can save those for someone else.

    • Kevin Tomblin

      The birther myth was started by BILL CLINTON!

      • W. Coyote

        Good afternoon Kevin and thank you for your reply. I fully realize that your claim has been widely circulated in the dominant “conservative” media. However, it is not true. Evidently the “birther” myth was started back in Illinois by a crackpot politician. During the presidential campaign of 2008, some of Hillary Clinton’s aides suggested looking into to the issue when she ran in the primaries against Obama. However, it was dropped and was never brought up during the Democratic primaries. Of course that didn’t stop Donald Trump from repeating it numerous times. Then, in September of 2016, he finally admitted “President Obama was born in the U.S., period” Then he immediately said he didn’t want to talk about it anymore, presumably because he would have to admit he was wrong all those years.

    • Raymond Levy

      Did you know that Mexico , has a border wall that runs the hole length of Mexico, on its southern border ??and that when they catch border crossers they shoot them,, so you should shut the fuck up about our wanting of a wall on our southern border , IDIOT………..

      • W. Coyote

        Good afternoon Raymond. Thank you for your response. My comment was intended to show the contradictions when Republicans, and especially Steve Bannon, complain about “identity politics”, as if it is never practiced on their side. If we are going to be in the wall building business, shouldn’t we protect all borders, not just the southern one? In other words, it is the ultimate in identity politics when we say we are going to spend billions to keep out Mexicans and Central Americans, while doing nothing to keep out the Canadians. For all we know, there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Canadians who are here illegally. - 2015 | Privacy Policy