The Democrats’ Disconnect: Liner Notes

I have a new column posted at The Federalist, “Will The Democratic Party Faithful Ever Notice Their Leaders Are Crazy?

The disconnect between the Democratic Party’s elites (inside and outside media) and its rank-and-file voters has been a hobby horse of mine. I’ve written about it on several occasions in different contexts over the past few months. And as the supporting data has continued to pile up, I have not been shy about saying “I told you so” in internal discussions at The Federalist. After all, columnists are right so infrequently that you toot your horn when you can.

Fortunately, with this idea finally making its way to the front page of the New York Times, I was encouraged to ride that hobby horse for another lap, featuring those in Big Media who have caught on to the idea. Accordingly, this piece is largely a compilation of the coverage I had been sharing with others in real time and thus fairly easy to write. Sometimes I have to spend time structuring an argument to ensure maximum flow for readers. Today’s piece is more like one or two basic ideas supported by lists of examples.

Of course, it remains to be seen whether the gap between the elites and regular party members proves decisive in the Dems’ 2020 primaries. But this sort of dynamic was a significant factor for the GOP in 2016, so it bears careful watching.

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