You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.The RNC targets struggling working class whites with anti-gay marriage legislation, "the Democrats are going to take away your bibles" direct mail, and "the libruls are gonna take away your guns" talking points. They won the 2004 election precisely because of these tactics. And they've been doing it for years. In 2006 it was "keep the brown people out" - but that backfired because they misunderstimated the bigotry of their own base.
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