I don’t often read the jobs welfare program for hack journalists that is The New York Times, but a post by Neptunus Lex drew my attention.
The answer to my question is—apparently not.
As Thomas Edsall writes,
…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.
…in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment — professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists — and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic.
As Lex points out, the chosen classes for this Progressive blatantly open class warfare election campaign, does not include educated Americans who do constructive work—doctors, for instance. Or engineers. Or scientists. Or technologists.
Nor need the middle class, of any stripe, apply. Nor any Americans of Asian heritage, regardless of their “class.” The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King longed for the day when men would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. The Democratic Party itself claims to have fought for the interests of working families and equal opportunities for all Americans for 200 years. But apparently some groups should have prior claim to these things. Other groups can come for the ride, maybe, but if they do, they gotta sit in back.
Why is the Party of Obama pushing this divisive class against class, group against group, warfare? Edsall is clear here, too: so that Obama and his cohorts can get re-elected.
Obama’s alternative path to victory…would be to keep his losses among all white voters at the same level John Kerry did in 2004, when he lost them by 17 points, 58-41…. Obama can afford to drop to Kerry’s white margins because, between 2008 and 2012, the pro-Democratic minority share of the electorate is expected to grow…and the white share to decline….
Their campaign has nothing at all to do with leading our country, or offering solutions to our economic problems. Just personal political gain. No matter the divisions he attempts to inflict in the process.
Who’s setting the dogs on whom?