It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing

Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“One of the disabling assumptions of recent years on the part of media commentators and political scientists alike is the premise of the vanishing swing voter. In this narrative, Republicans and Democrats vote in lockstep as separate tribes, up and down ballot, and there are ever fewer independents. This mirrors and reinforces the hardening of party lines in Congress. If citizens vote in lockstep and there are few independents, then nothing that Democrats do to improve the lot of the common citizen will win over many voters. It logically follows that electoral politics is mainly a competition to mobilize your base. That’s a worthy enterprise, but it gives up on winning back Trump supporters. The good news is that the conventional wisdom is substantially wrong.” (10/07/21)