Up front, I want to say that there’s nothing on heaven and earth that could make me vote for a Republican or a Randian Libertarian. In fact, when I moved to PA, I re-registered as a Democrat. Unlike NJ, PA’s primaries are closed. If you want to vote in the primary, you have to pick a party *before* the election, not on the day of. So, I figured I would bite the bullet and try to get rid of as many DINOs as I can.
That out of the way, Krugman seems confused about why Republicans think they can pick up white voters through libertarian populism. And it is true that in general, white voters who vote Republican are voting against their own interests. But they have been conditioned for years that it’s OK to crap on minorities and women. When it comes to white working class voters who vote Republican, it’s all about promising the guys that they won’t lose their white male privilege. That’s what the abortion debate is all about. That’s why we are still debating the voting rights act and affirmative action.
But the older conservative voter is dying out. Where will the Republicans find new converts?
Allow me to speculate.
There are a ton of people who were laid off since 2008 who have ended up working for themselves. Voile! Instant grouches about taxes. It is going to be hard enough to pay the bills and the new healthcare insurance bills for themselves and their families. Think several car payments worth of extra bills on top of what they already have to pay to self insure themselves through the exchanges. Then stick them with all of the Social Security taxes and self-employment taxes and you have the makings of a new Libertarian.
In fact, Paul should not be so surprised about how the Republicans plan to do this. NJ has set a perfect example. And we know that when NJ voters are given a choice between a Democrat who doesn’t reform the tax system like he promised vs a Republican who promises to hold the line on taxes no matter what, they’ll choose the Republican.
Think about it, Paul. Making entrepreneurs is how they plan to make new Libertarian Republicans.
It’ll probably work too. Without a compelling a forceful message from the Democrats, there’s really nowhere to turn for relief.
Holy Hemiola! There are two guys here this morning tearing out half of my basement and all of my screen porch. It sounds like an earthquake down there.
Update: We have met the enemy and he is ducts. Lots and lots of ducts. Now I need an HVAC specialist. Cha-ching!
Screen porch gone except for the roof and four supports. Already an improvement.