Obama pollster Cornell Belcher on the failures that led to President Trump

The Democratic Party is continuing its postmortem after Hillary Clinton’s unexpected defeat. Many challenges and puzzles will need to be resolved. …

Some have suggested that Democrats should abandon “identity politics” and focus exclusively on winning back white working-class voters. While Barack Obama won two terms — and left office as one of the country’s most popular presidents in recent memory — he also faced a backlash by white voters and increasing levels of racism that Trump used to win the 2016 election.

In many ways, the Democratic Party is fighting a war for its soul and future, even while struggling to oppose Trump and the Republican Party’s efforts to reverse 80 years of American progress since Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal.

Salon recently spoke with Cornell Belcher, one of the leading pollsters for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 and 2012, to answer these questions. CONT.

Chauncey DeVega, Salon