Thomas B. Edsall is back with a new column at the New York Times. “The Politics of Anything Goes.” What this story is about is Obama seeking to suppress the white, blue-collar vote again. “Barack Obama first captured the national spotlight with a speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston in which he called for an end to the politics of division. The audience roared back its applause at the end of almost every line. … Americans, Obama declared, are ‘one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.
“‘In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or do we participate in a politics of hope?’ Now,” writes Thomas B. Edsall, “faced with a tough re-election fight, President Obama has, in fundamental respects, adopted the strategy he denounced eight years ago. He is running a two-track campaign. One track of his re-election drive seeks to boost turnout among core liberal groups; the other aims to suppress turnout and minimize his margin of defeat in the most hostile segment of the electorate, whites without college degrees.”
This is the second Thomas B. Edsall column on this premise.