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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Biden's Appeal to Working Class Voters Has the GOP Scared Mittless
In an aside to working class voters in Youngstown, Ohio, today Vice President Joe Biden took a moment to express, as it were "spontaneously," his anger at smug out of touch Republicans who want to pretend Democrats are "envious of success" because we condemn the thievery, looting, and destruction of financial fraudsters and vulture capitalists like Republican nominee Mitt Romney. As I have said a million times: to criticize a successful thief is not to attack "success," but thievery. Now, I've seen a few right wing blogs trying to flag this as a "Dean Scream" moment of unhingedness, but the method and angles are too palpable, and anyway with The Most Awkward Man In The World as their nominee it's already clear their hearts just aren't in it. They know as well as we do that this rich vein of populist anger was tapped into time after time after time by Republicans like Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich during their own nominating contest, leaving one-percent MittsteR-money bruised, battered, and bloody despite the fact that these rivals were laughably nonviable otherwise. They know that Biden is tapping here into a deep well of righteous populist anger at the incompetent insensitive bulldozing brutality of our corporate plutocratic overlords, they know that Biden is marshaling and canalizing white working class resentment here and so undermining their desperate effort to raise the ghost of the Southern Strategy one last time and make a white-racist appeal against the kenyan muslim socialist uppity negro in the white house blah blah hate hate blah. This is of course not a job Obama can do for himself, not only for the obvious reason but also because that dirty job conflicts with his cultivation of the gracious generous reasonable compromise seeking last grownup in the room appeal to independents and other low-information dead-eyed scared rabbit voters who throng America's couches.