…They were angrier still at the lack of focus on jobs, as evident in the year-long struggle over health care.
- The president and Democrats offered no economic framework, economic vision, or campaign message appropriate to the scale of the crisis and that would provide voters with context for the spending, bailouts, and debt. The Democrats lost white non-college voters in general, and working class male voters in particular, who were put off by the Democrats’ assertions about economic progress – they were not certain that Democrats stood with them, rather than Wall Street. Many of these were voters cut out of a Reagan-Democratic mold and who rejected Bush’s economy in the last two elections – they have to be won back. The road back to the industrial Midwest runs through their communities. And voters were angry with the continuing partisan warfare, the lack of change in Washington and lack of economic progress – at a time of acute crisis.