This one chart shows why the fear and loathing of the Clintons that some factions of the political class feel does not translate to normal human beings
This 1 chart shows why the fear and loathing of the Clintons felt by some factions of the political class does not translate to normal human beings
The Clinton administration was the only administration since Nixon where take-home pay increased over a sustained period. The only one.
But NAFTA! But Glass-Steagall! But dot com bubble! But great moderation! But Bob Rubin! But wag the dog! But et cetera!
All true, all irrelevant. Concrete material benefits -- and people's long memory for politicians who deliver them -- are what matter.
Every time I put up a post like this, a gaggle of Clinton h8terz chimes in with a bad case of the "Buts!" I'm not defending the Clintons, or Bob Rubin. I'm saying that if the left wants to win, and keep winning, and wants to be remembered with affection like Clinton -- or FDR -- and not for being sanctimonious bait-and-switch assholes, what they need to do is deliver concrete material benefits to working people. (Obama's 2009 inaugural speech, we might remember, was an explicit call for sacrifice, which meant no concrete material benefits for anybody, except, as we found out later, the banksters.)
I am betting, by the way, that Democrats are going to end up doing the exact opposite. If Rubin has given the OK to focus on climate change, that's what they're going to do. But you know how they're going to do it. They'll start having a national conversation about how to "right size" people's carbon-intensive lifestyles.
Which is fine when it means that you can congratulate yourself on having bought a solar-powered radio to listen to NPR and Garrison Keillor. It's not so fine when you're working a shit job at Walmart, because Walmat jobs are the jobs, and the price of gas doubles, and now you're carpooling in what used to be your one time of solitude. Yes, the word you keep hearing is "conviviality" -- I personally even believe in conviviality as an important value -- but somehow crowding more warm bodies in the ol' beater just doesn't feel like the nice smiling people on the teebee said it would feel.
NOTE  We'll forget "But **** ***"!
NOTE  The only population even remotely receptive to this message are the people who have already done it. They, I would hazard, have long since given up on the Democrats.