Man, you just can’t win with Democrats. That goes double if you live in flyover country. First it was Barack Obama who famously said at a closed-door fundraiser in San Francisco during his 2008 run for president:
You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. … They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
It’s hard to say whether Donald Trump’s winning the Keystone State had anything to do with Obama’s crude assessment, but it certainly couldn’t have helped Hillary Clinton win hearts and minds there.
You’d think that Democrats might have learned from Obama’s blunder. They have not. New Hampshire station WMUR had a piece Saturday profiling “a new organization coming to New Hampshire headed by one of the data masterminds of the Trump campaign”:
“New Hampshire’s going to be, probably, the state we advance to next,” Matt Braynard, Executive Director of Look Ahead America, said. “We’ve identified maybe 15,000 inactive voters who we would consider disaffected, patriotic Americans. And potentially 100,000 or more unregistered adults we’re going to reach out to.”
Braynard and the team he hires in New Hampshire will identify and target Granite Staters through psychometrics, using commercially available data to identify people who think alike.
“Normally it gets applied to likely voter universes for purposes of persuasion,” Braynard said. “We’re applying to to identify patriotic Americans who’ve become disaffected and cynical, so we can engage them on issues relevant to them, get them registered, get them educated and turn them out to vote.”
Not everyone in the Granite State views the “disaffected” and “cynical” electoral holdouts as patriots. New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley is quoted as having said:
The organizing and activating of these extremists, these white supremacists, really could have a detrimental effect on the entire culture of New Hampshire.
Manchester, the state’s largest city, has a population of 110,506. By national population standards, it is a hair larger than a town. You might expect in a state that is so predominantly rural that it would be imprudent to throw stones at any of the residents. Then again, Democrats have a real knack for shooting themselves in the foot.