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About Those ‘White Working Class Voters’

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 01: President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at U.S. Bank Arena on August 1, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The president was critical of his Democratic rivals, condemning what he called "... CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 01: President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at U.S. Bank Arena on August 1, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The president was critical of his Democratic rivals, condemning what he called "wasted money" that has contributed to blight in inner cities run by Democrats, according to published reports. (Photo by Andrew Spear/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 29, 2019 11:54 a.m.

When I was much younger, I gleaned some of my first political insights from books by Tom Edsall, then a reporter from The Washington Post, like The New Politics of Inequality, 1984, Chain Reaction, with Mary Edsall, 1991. More recently he’s been a source of frustration because whatever the politics of the moment, the overriding message always seems to be same: things are bad for the Democrats and about to get worse. But he’s always worth your time to read because of his insights and knowledge, whatever annoyance may come along with it. This new column in the Times is a good example.

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