Trump Gets Yuuuge
New Vote For GOP
The Duluth News Tribune has reported that Democrats in Pennsylvania are changing parties at an unprecedented rate in response to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
So did the daughter of a steelworker, who twice voted for President Barack Obama but says she is “over” the Democrats’ political correctness.
And a husband-wife team of Trump volunteers — she’s a laid-off airport worker, he’s a laid-off truck driver — were Democrats for 30 years, until recently.
“We always voted Democrat,” said Laurie McGinnis, as her husband Ricky hung a Trump banner outside their South Greensburg home. “But not any more.”
Some of these new Pennsylvania Republicans are formalizing a process that began with Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980, when conservative-leaning Democrats began shifting away from the party in the faded industrial state.
Others moved more abruptly, inspired by Trump and fed up with a party they say no longer speaks their language.
Together the result is one of the most sizable shifts of partisan allegiance ever in Pennsylvania: 61,500 Democrats have become Republicans so far this year, part of a 145,000 jump in Republican registrations since the fall 2015 election, according to state figures analyzed by both parties. It’s more new Republicans than in the previous four years combined.
The voters’ move makes sense. Democrats long ago abandoned working class white voters in more moderate states like Pennsylvania, trading them for illegal immigrants and environmental activists who were averse to their economic interests and the social radicals whose rejected their middle class, traditional values.
Although unions still throw their support behind Democrats, their rank and file have less and less to gain from an increasingly extreme Democratic party platform.
It is interesting, and should be a lesson to the GOP establishment, that the very thing they are intent on doing – that is, pandering to minority interests at the expense of their core voters – is the very thing that is causing masses of former democrats to abandon their party. Will they learn? Probably not.
Enter Trump into the presidential race.
Trump has convinced these voters that he is sympathetic to their plight in a way that Hillary Clinton never could.
As Trump becomes more inevitable, it’s quite possible that voters in beleaguered areas of the country like Michigan and Ohio will follow voters in Michigan.
If that happens, Hillary Clinton is toast.