July 16, 2019
In a brief respite from the horrors of the Race War, Kevin Drum receives solace from his cats.
Writing in Mother Jones (which should probably be renamed Mother Cohen to better reflect the ethnicity of the people who run it and write for it), Kevin Drum has finally admitted that whites are being subjected to a ruthless race war.
Like the SPLC, he carefully tracks and gloats at the declining white share of the population.
Drum claims that Republicans rejected the option of courting the brown vote and instead “went after the white vote even harder.”
In Donald Trump they found a candidate who wasn’t afraid to appeal to racist sentiment loudly and bluntly, something that simply hadn’t occurred to other Republicans. They never thought they could get away with something like this in the 21st century, and normally they would have been right: it would have lost them as many votes among educated whites as it won them among working-class whites. But after eight years of a black president in the White House, racial tensions were ratcheted up just enough that Trump could get away with it. Only by a hair, and only with plenty of other help, but he did get away with it, losing 10 points of support among college-educated whites but gaining 14 points among working-class whites.
The entire Republican Party is now all-in on this strategy. They mostly stay quiet themselves and let Trump himself do the dirty work, but that’s enough. Nobody talks anymore about reaching out to the black community with a spirit of caring or any other spirit. Nor is there anything the rest of us can do about this. Republicans believe that wrecking the fabric of the country is their only hope of staying in power, and they’re right. If working-class whites abandon them even a little bit, they’re toast.
So all we can do is try to crush them. What other options are there? Reactionary American whites, as always, won’t give up their power unless it’s taken from them by either a literal or figurative war. Liberals need to be as Lincolnesque as possible in this endeavor—we don’t have to win the votes of unrepentent bigots, just the fretful fence-sitters—but we also need to be Lincolnesque in our commitment to winning America’s latest race war.
A few years ago, Drum claimed anti-white bias was a myth. Now he openly admits he is waging a race war against them. This is progress of some kind, even if it is only towards honesty.