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Thomas Frank weighs in on Bittergate

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That's right, the oft-referenced Mr. Whassammatta You, Kansas? himself, in his first column for (!) WSJ:

But I know one thing with absolute certainty. The media flurry kicked up by Mr. Obama's gaffe powerfully confirms an argument I actually did make: That as they return again to the culture war, what the soldiers on all sides are doing is talking about class without actually addressing the economic basis of the subject.

In this whole breathless debate, few have talked about the causes of the decline of the US middle class, and what should be done about it.

Read the whole thing, it has a great punch line.

Also, Kathy G. looks at the significance of a populist intellectual's column appearing in Rupert Murdoch's paper.

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Submitted by lambert on

It's because I think that the Unity Pony is less likely to ameliorate the effects of class warfare on us by the rich that I support Hillary -- not because she's about the win that war.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by badger on

“…she addresses the issues that are most important to them.”

If Dems don’t talk about jobs, the economy, education and even the environment in terms that makes sense to blue-collar/rural voters (and they rarely do), then those voters will listen to the GOP pander to other things they do value - guns, flag lapel pins, religion, the Pledge of Allegiance, etc.

These people aren’t “voting against their economic interests” - they don’t see anybody representing their interests to vote for.

That’s what Tom Frank said in What’s the Matter with Kansas” (and if it isn’t, he should’ve). He wasn’t ridiculing the unwashed masses as Obama was - he was explaining the political dynamic as I recall, but just as with Obama’s slur, progressives prefer to focus on the parts that appeal to their prejudices and not the parts they could do something about to forge a progressive majority.

McCain won’t make the same mistake.

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Submitted by willyjsimmons on

NC debate canceled by NC Dems.


citing 'logistics' and the 'unity of the party'.

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Submitted by amberglow on

they are important, like it or not.

And it goes to courage and persistence and stuff--is this how he'll treat them in the general too? He sucks in debates, but he's better than McCain at least--and he really really needs the practice.

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Submitted by amberglow on

from the Kitty Dukakis rape question, to Reagan's "there you go again" to Mondale, to the endless analysis of Gore in his 3 w/Dubya, etc...

Voters expect them, and it's not enough to only appear scripted--we're not the GOP and expect more from our candidates.

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Submitted by bringiton on

a simple set with a lectern, some American flags, and two chairs behind a low table. At the lectern is Hillary Clinton, explaining her proposals and plans for her term as President. From time to time she gestures to one of the chairs, the one with the nameplate "BARAK OBAMA" on it, speculating on what her opponent might have had to say if he had been brave enough to show up and debate her. TV gold.

This is a bad tactical move for Obama, perhaps not in NC but definitely in the eyes of the uncommitted superdelegates. No one still on the fence can seriously expect a wimp to beat John McCain, and this is a wimp move.

Submitted by lambert on

I like it.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by amberglow on

either fully answer the questions about him, or to successfully change the subject.

I thought all lawyers could turn a line of questioning they didn't like into the topic they'd rather talk about and stuff.

And every GOP person on tv always does it--they turn all answers to questions into an opportunity to play up their talking points. They steer the convo back to where they want it.