It is now Democrats who appear benefit from culture and identity being the central issue in American politics, at least in a national election like the one for president.
And as the Democrats are increasingly split internally by class, this may now be the one issue that holds the party together. In the future, then, it will likely be Democratic Party leaders who want to keep culture and identity as the central dimension of conflict in American politics.
Whether Democrats succeed depends in part on what Republicans collectively decide to do. But given the forces that have led to 2016, it seems unlikely Republican can reorient themselves anytime soon. Like Democrats, Republicans are also internally divided by class but held together by identity.
In other words, it seems we are likely to have a politics dominated by race and identity for the near-term future.
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