Ron Brownstein wrote an op-ed that was in today's L.A. Times, but true to form, the Times failed to post it online. Here's a link I dug up that takes you to the National Journal instead.
He makes a point many of us have been emphasizing for some time about the white majority becoming the minority, one that ironically discriminates against current minorities.
Brownstein refers to the loudest and clashiest conservatives, the reckless Rafael "Ted" Cruz radicals, as the desperate "kamikaze caucus." This group includes those who are convinced that America is being transformed into "something unrecognizable."
Back in 2010 Rachel Maddow described the growing clamor among older, white, fearful Republicans as "Negrophobia." Here's the video: “Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!”
That doesn't sound very outreachy, does it?
The fight we're seeing over the Affordable Care Act and the government shutdown is not about Obamacare or Big Government. It's about who gets what.
Here are a few excerpts from Brownstein's op-ed:
Veteran Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg... concluded that the roaring sense of embattlement among the almost all-white tea party and evangelical Christian voters central to the GOP base draws on intertwined ideological, electoral, and racial fears. [...]
Greenberg's analysis echoes the findings of other scholars, such as Harvard sociologist Theda Skocpol, whose studies have concluded that the tea party's most ardent priority is reducing government transfer payments to those it considers undeserving. Earlier United Technologies/NJ Congressional Connection polling has found that the older and noncollege whites now central to the GOP coalition mostly see health care reform as a program that will benefit the poor rather than people like them (though, in fact, many working-class whites lack insurance). [...]
[O]ur latest polling shows older and downscale whites overwhelmingly resist changes in Medicare or Social Security, which they consider benefits they have earned—and pointedly distinguish from transfer programs.
Those findings suggest that the real fight under way isn't primarily about the size of government but rather who benefits from it. The frenzied push from House Republicans to derail Obamacare, shelve immigration reform, and slash food stamps all point toward a steadily escalating confrontation between a Republican coalition revolving around older whites and a Democratic coalition anchored on the burgeoning population of younger nonwhites. Unless the former recognizes its self-interest in uplifting the latter—the future workforce that will fund entitlements for the elderly—even today's titanic budget battle may be remembered as only an early skirmish in a generation-long siege between the brown and the gray.