In three consecutive presidential elections — 1980, 1984, and 1988 — the Republicans won landslide majorities.
In order to win back the White House, the Democrats began examining the demographic composition of the electorate, looking for some cleavage point by which they could break up the Reagan–Bush majority. Poring over exit-poll data and convening focus groups, the Democrats went to work, and with Bill Clinton as their candidate assembled a new coalition.
Part of the Clinton message strategy — and one that Democrats have exploited ever since — was to accuse Republicans of representing forces of hate and division and saying they are to blame for the suffering of victims of oppression.
This message has been ably reinforced by the Democrats’ allies in the news media. Who was it, after all, that decided to replay the video of L.A. cops beating Rodney King over and over on CNN until eventually Los Angeles erupted in the worst race riot in recent U.S. history? That episode helped Clinton win the 1992 election, and are we to suppose that this was merely coincidental? Likewise the summer-long wave of racial violence that began with protests over George Floyd’s death last May — just another election-year coincidence? Or is it the case, as I rather suspect, that CNN and other Democrat-controlled media operations are not just randomly choosing local crime stories to turn into national controversies?
There have been a lot of criminal suspects shot by police in America since November 3, but once Joe Biden had secured the presidency on a campaign calling for “unity,” it no longer behooved the Democrat-controlled media to continue fomenting riots every time a white cop shot a black suspect. So the media outrage industry turned its attention elsewhere — the January 6 Capitol riot has been a 24/7 topic on CNN for nearly a month now — and once we get through Trump’s second impeachment trial next week, maybe the “unity” Biden promised will begin to materialize.
Not so coincidentally, 1990 was when the western left started ditching the working class and adopting identity politics instead, in the great re-alignment.