Once upon a time there was a book titled What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. The author was Mr Thomas Frank. The core of the book was the question "Why do so many Americans vote against their economic and social interests?" The point of the book was that the People in Kansas would be better off voting their pocketbook (read voting for Democrats) than their values (read voting for Republicans). That was way back in 2005 AD.
Now we have the argument being turned on its head by Democrats. An example is found embedded in this discussion of Democratic Party apparatchiks discussing the results from the election Tuesday last. In the end one of the apparatchiks resorts to the last refuge of a scoundrel, crying racism.♠ That is to say, Caucasian women who vote Republican are doing it because they are racist. The person who formulated this Tinker to Evers to Chance view of the voting—from the economy to "conservative values" to coded language for racism and thus "racism trumped gender"—was former DNC communications director Karen Finney. The venue was MSNBC, with host Lawrence O'Donnell:
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Yes, you thought the last refuge of a scoundrel was patriotism. So did Samuel Johnson, on the evening of April 7, 1775. That was before the Democratic Party switched from looking down on Blacks to accepting them into the Party, some 40 years ago.