I’m not going to regurgitate the obvious, other than to say when Democrats focus on turn out–which means cozying up to, if not embracing, the politics of mass mobilization (and the potential decrease of institutional control that entails)–they win. But here are a couple of other things:
- According to the Washington Post exit poll, for every two black men that voted, three black women did. I can’t help but think there are structural factors at work here (incarceration, gender-biased voting caging).
- This is going to make a lot of Republicans think very hard about embracing the current tax bill (and other legislation).
- As I’ve been saying ad nauseam, Democrats have three components of their base (in alphabetical order): labor, liberal Democrats, and minorities. Labor isn’t much of a factor in Alabama, but minorities (34%, mostly Black) obviously are. This was the classic liberal (white) Democrat-Black Southern coalition (with the obvious caveat that plenty of Black voters are liberal Democrats). This model will not apply in all places.
Still pleasantly surprised by this.