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June 28, 2013 4:54 PM From Data to Demagoguery

By Ed Kilgore

On Wednesday I wrote a post on Sean Trende’s extended analysis on the “missing white voters of 2012” and worried about “the meme that may emerge from over-simplistic repetition of his bottom line by conservative gabbers with a big ax to grind.”

I can’t say I had one particular gabber in mind, but this Facebook post from you-know-who doesn’t surprise me at all:

GREAT JOB, GOP ESTABLISHMENT.
You’ve just abandoned the Reagan Democrats with this amnesty bill. It was the loss of working class voters in 2012 that cost us the 2012 election, not the Hispanic vote. Legal immigrants respect the rule of law and can see how self-centered a politician must be to fill this amnesty bill with favors, earmarks, and crony capitalists’ pork, and call it good. You disrespect Hispanics with your assumption that they desire ignoring the rule of law.

You will notice that St. Joan of the Tundra hijacked Trende’s data to buttress an appeal to “Reagan Democrats” (actually Trende called them “Perot voters,” a slightly less anachronistic description), and then sorta kinda threw the data out the window in asserting that Hispanics are disrespected by the idea that they might favor comprehensive immigration reform.

I’m not sure what’s worse: a “derp” who ignores data entirely, or a crypto-derp who uses data only when it’s convenient. In any event, I’m reasonably sure Palin is just a minute ahead of the wingnut zeitgeist in doubling down on the white man’s party.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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