After months of confusion, anguish, insults, and bitter tears, the Wall Street Journal is finally beginning to understand the appeal of Donald Trump. They’ve come a long way from last August when the Wall Street Journal Editorial page declared, “If by now you don’t find Donald Trump appalling, you’re appalling.”
Now, William Galston is singing a new tune in Trump Rides a Blue Collar Wave. Right out of the box he observes something that the working class picked up on back in July:
…Mr. Trump is the staunchest champion of the white working class that American politics has seen in decades.
… Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 39% of the white working class backs Mr. Trump, twice his share of white college-educated voters. Fifty-five percent of his supporters are white working class…
… Among Mr. Trump’s white working-class supporters, the demographic group most likely to back him is composed of men ages 50-64, with no more than a high-school education.
And what do these non subscribers to the Wall Street Journal think about some of the Editorial Board’s favorite causes?
…these men are the least likely to believe that immigrants strengthen the U.S. and the most likely to believe that illegal immigrants are taking jobs away from American citizens.
These voters are least likely to say that government is looking out for the interests of the middle class or of white men…
But now working-class voters are in full revolt against policies—trade treaties, immigration reform and crony capitalism, among others—that they see as inimical to their interests.
For the WSJ, this counts as major progress. They’ve recognized the problem, but…
Establishment Republicans, caught flat-footed, are left hoping that this is all a bad dream from which their party will awake in time to choose a nominee who shares their economic views.
…as does the Wall Street Journal. Please stupid working class, go away or vote how we tell you!
What’s weird is that liberal writers started figuring this out months ago. Back in August, Matthew Yglesias in Vox…Vox of all places! Figured out some real truths about the electorate in The Conservative Establishment is in Deep Denial about Donald Trump’s Appeal. Simply put, polling wise, reducing immigration, as well as more left wing views on issues like Social Security, are popular across the broader electorate, including Republican voters, but no one is making much of a go for these positions because donors are uninterested in them.
So if you find a candidate that strings together popular views on reducing immigration and trade deals, and express concern that those two issues are working to reduce jobs for Americans, you have a broadly popular candidate, just like…well Trump.
The fact that it took the WSJ so long to figure this out, and the actual GOP establishment is still struggling with it, confirms the Republican Party’s status as the Stupid Party.