by New Dealer
I’ve seen these articles for years and years and it always produces the same reaction as Pauline Kael’s infamous quip about Nixon’s reelection. I don’t know who these white people are because all the white people I know vote Democratic.
A bit of biography that I’ve explained before. I have always been Democratic and most of my friends who are white are also Democratic or liberal for the most part. I grew up in an inner-ring suburb of NYC and my hometown congressional district is mainly based in Queens with some of Nassau County thrown in the mix. I went to a small-college two hours north of New York and now live in the super blue Bay Area.
Most of my friends from high school, college, grad school, and law school are Democratic with a few exceptions and those are mainly libertarians and more in the Randy Balko/Tim Lee variant than the Koch Brothers-Fusionist variant. I can think of three people who voted for Romney in 2012.
The other bit of useful demographic knowledge is that I am Jewish and according to studies about 70-80 percent of American Jews are still strong liberals/Democratic party supporters. Every midterm and Presidential election brings a slew of articles about whether this will be the year that Jews vote Republican, every year this does not happen, and every year Jennifer Rubin and the rest of the Commentary crew have a temper tantrum about this fact.
There is a lot of controversial debate about whether Jews are white or not. Many Jews are not white at all and come from all corners of the world but most American Jews are of European origin and to most people we probably count as white. Whether we feel like we are white or not is another very controversial issue. Jews often talk about having “passing privilege” where we are white or not depends on the ideological needs of the person deciding the question of the time. There are still only 5-6 million Jews in the United States and this is still an extremely small minority.
This does not quite matter because I know a lot of non-Jewish people who are white and equally or more left-wing than I am. We are all Democratic voters.