As Republicans get more diverse, overlooked white voters are key to future Democratic wins

Humor us with a thought experiment.

Fast forward to a few years. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are finishing a successful first term. Even though Democrats lose control of the House in 2022, the economy hums along, having made up the pandemic’s economic losses. Every American who wanted to be vaccinated has been vaccinated. America’s children are back in school. We’ve rejoined the Paris Climate Accords. And young DACA dreamers are here to stay.

At 81, Biden decides not to run again and passes the torch to Harris, who becomes the party’s nominee. The Republican primary is a mess, like it was in 2016, but a Donald Trump-like figure doesn’t emerge victorious. This time, it’s South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.

In turn, Tim Scott, let’s say, chooses South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem as his running mate. She brings Trumpian balance to the ticket, which the base will demand.

Now what, Democrats?

Republicans gain women and diversity 

The combination of a Black man and a woman on the Republican ticket drives a stake through the heart of traditional Democratic messaging that the Republican Party is racist and misogynistic at its core. And while we strongly believe that Republican policies adversely affect traditionally disenfranchised Americans, like women and communities of color, it’s going to be much tougher to make that case against that ticket.

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