Can Democrats Win Back the Deplorables?

It’s a riot suddenly to see Democrats tripping all over themselves to curry favor with the deplorables (formerly bitter clingers) who voted for Donald Trump.

Suddenly the “white male menace” of the past eight years is banished to the realm of myth. Get a load of Joe Biden during an interview on CNN last week: “I mean these are good people, man! These aren’t racists. These aren’t sexists.”

It would be more fun to hear his soon-to-be-former boss utter those words, but they wouldn’t be believable if he did. Not that any of these profligate sons should be welcome to the fold that readily.

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In the meantime, new spells and incantations emerge daily in the hopes of winning back what Obama Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack charitably calls the “other 15% of the population,” referring to rural America.

Liberal commentator Bill Scher has an article today that begins with his own warning to fellow Lefities  — “You don’t win over voters by calling them racist. That’s just smart politics” — before going on to coin a neologism he calls reverse political correctness. Here’s his explanation:

Many conservatives (and some liberals) have long railed against “political correctness” for chilling discourse. For example, if you accuse someone of being a racist, you taint the other person as “deplorable” and shut down the conversation.

But in the aftermath of the election, the roles are now somewhat reversed. Accuse someone of branding people as racists because of their political positions, and you taint the other person as a condescending “coastal elite,” and shut down the conversation.

Conservatives are far from the only ones trafficking in this “reverse political correctness.”

All this serves to demonstrate is the Scher doesn’t what political correctness is. Political correctness isn’t just calling someone a name, although it generally includes the hurling of slurs and epithets.


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