With black unemployment on the rise across the country, local politicians would do better to worry more about allowing businesses to thrive in minority communities rather than taxing those businesses for serving sodas. Unfortunately, it looks like blue California is learning all the wrong lessons from blue New York.

The 2012 presidential election has brought the coalition of white “progressives” and African American and Hispanic groups together into a powerful force that may well re-elect President Obama. But that coalition is more fragile than it looks; many liberal white “progressives” scoff at the economic growth agenda that minority communities desperately need. Win or lose tomorrow, GOP operatives and policy wonks should think deeply about what is happening in Richmond; the biggest long term divide in America may be between those who think we need more growth and those who think our economy is too big and too vulgar already.