Joan Walsh grew up in an Irish middle-class family in New York. But she says they went from “Kennedy Democrats to voting for Nixon.” So why did so many working class families defect from the Democratic Party? And why does Walsh think their vision of the American dream has kept the country from becoming “a truly multiracial America”? Joan Walsh joins us to discuss her new book, “What’s the Matter With White People: Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was,” and how she thinks white middle class America will impact the elections.
Joan Walsh, author and editor-at-large for Salon.com