I wonder how often this is happening under the radar?

This morning’s Pajamas Media email asks if the Reagan Coalition of fiscal and social conservatives is still viable. Certainly Teh Media, in their aspect as Democratic Party propaganda machine, are doing all they can to drive wedges between the two, as they have been doing since, well, since the coalition was visibly formed. What Ms. Sanchez is telling us is that Democrats have the same problem in much worse degree.

Democrats have been pursuing a program of fragmentation for years now. According to that policy, there are no American blacks who matter, only African-Americans; no Americans of Hispanic descent, only Hispanic-Americans; no Americans with non-mainstream sexual preferences, only LGBT-Americans. Their support is divided into subgroups by some visible characteristics by their own declarations and policies, and the boundaries of the subgroups are rigidly policed under the subhead of “authenticity”. The only consistent commonality among the subgroups is that they want something from the Government, generally (though not quite always) on the ground that they are being victimized by the society as a whole and need relief, and Democrats are happy to agitate for Government handouts in return for the subgroups’ political support. What may not be evident, because it gets little publicity, is that there’s a downside to this policy: it not only means the subgroups have little in common, that lack of commonality is enforced.

The Reagan Coalition (and now the tea parties) are united by a desire for less Government interference in their lives, but fiscal conservatives see that in terms of business and markets and may actually support some issues social conservatives see as anathema (abortion, e.g.), whereas social conservatives often consider the “social safety net” a duty of social responsibility and may have as dim a view of “rich Corporations” as any Progressive. This is a fault line in the coalition which opponents are eager to exploit; but, because of the lack of publicity, it often isn’t evident that the Democratic coalition has many such fault lines. There are few demographically isolatable groups in the United States that have a less favorable view of homosexuality, especially male homosexuality, than blacks, for instance.

It’s difficult for Republicans and tea partiers to exploit the fault lines between victim groups because Teh Press minimizes or dismisses them. The Republican establishment has been slow and incompetent at exploiting new media to get around that roadblock, but it would appear that volunteers are popping up to do that for them. Exposing Ms. Sanchez’s remarks, with translation as necessary, is an example of using the downside of victim-group organization as a wedge to divide Democrats along lines just as bright as the one that makes the Reagan Coalition fragile.

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