Democrats should probably move on from the Rust Belt

November 17, 2016

After last week’s presidential election, there has been much handwringing about how Democrats can communicate with the Rust Belt voters that turned on them.

On the one hand, that is natural; the losses in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan were surprising and achingly close. And Democrats are well-known for their propensity to wring their hands.

But it may also be exactly the wrong approach for a changing American electorate.

Shapiro is an associate professor and director of the Public Policy Program at the Bloustein School at Rutgers University and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.

The Hill, November 16

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