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Organizing the Takers Against the Makers


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American Spectator:

Obama unveils his campaign strategy for 2012.

The brilliant Chavistas at the Center for American Progress have revealed the reelection strategy for President Jimmy Carter II. This time they are going to get the 1980 election right. Ruy Teixeira and John Halpin enlighten us with their publication, "The Path to 270: Demographics versus Economics in the 2012 Presidential Election."

The authors recognize the grave political difficulties created by "the perceived inability of the Obama Administration's policies to spark real recovery," creating "serious doubts about Democratic stewardship of the economy." But the authors think the Democrat party under the Saul Alinsky revolutionary Barack Obama can reinvent itself to a new majority composed of government dependents, government workers, African Americans, Hispanics, and credulous, wide-eyed, liberal-left true believers. What would be left out of this New Democrat majority is the white working class, formerly the base of the Democratic Party.

William McGurn summarized the publication in the November 29 Wall Street Journal as just "making official what everyone has known for some time: The Democrat Party is abandoning the white working class." New York Times columnist Thomas B. Edsall similarly reported early last week, "preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class."

As Clark Judge explained at HughHewitt.com on Monday, this means:

The president will jettison the oldest and most defining characteristic of his own party. From Andrew Jackson to Franklin Roosevelt to John Kennedy to Bill Clinton, Democrats have presented themselves as the party of the workingman and woman, the party of labor and not just unionized labor, to which they degenerated in later years. Now, in the coming election, the Adlai Stevenson, Gary Hart college faculty and yuppy wing will be seen as the center of the Democratic coalition.

McGurn explains why the working class is being dumped:

If these citizens weren't bitter before, they sure have reason to be now. For the white working class, the private sector was what gave them jobs and propelled them into the middle class. Yet whether its drilling for oil or putting up a shopping mall, today's Democrat Party seems opposed to most of the private-sector jobs that deliver opportunity to those without a college degree.

Takers vs. Makers

In other words, the Democrat party is throwing in the towel on economic growth and prosperity, because even Obama's people recognize they cannot credibly sell themselves as delivering on that. What they are going to sell in 2012 is taxes and redistribution from those that have more to buy the votes of those they think will sell their vote for government handouts. That marries perfectly Marxist philosophy with Chicago political machine politics.snip
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