Union workers are not the only ones betrayed by their leadership. We’ve discussed before how Women, Gays, and Jews have also been betrayed by their “leadership”. African-Americans too have been betrayed or used by their “leaders”. [So debased is the African-American leadership and their protection of Barack Obama that it sometimes appears to be the case that the great African-American leader of the year is George Will - who quotes Nathan Glazer as saying "the election of Barack Obama 'coincided with the almost complete disappearance from American public life of discussion of the black condition...'"
The White Working Class was only the first to be dumped:
Donna Brazile and David Axelrod described the Barack Obama base as:
A new Democratic coalition is younger. It is more urban, as well as suburban, and we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics.
Axelrod has declared The white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, going back even to the Clinton years. This is not new that Democratic candidates don’t rely solely on those votes.
Gays, Jews, blacks, seniors, women, men - we're all the White Working Class now. While Obama vacations and redecorates ("The recession redo, paid for by the nonprofit White House Historical Association, was the latest tone-deaf move by a White House that was supposed to excel at connection and communication. Message: I care, but not enough to stop the fancy vacations and posh renovations") the American people find themselves without advocates on the Left. That's why the wave.
It didn't have to be this way. They could have waited their turn. They could have accepted the second place slot Barack did earn, run him as Hillary's vice president and Hillary could have been president. That would have given Barack time to learn a few things and time for America to get used to his strangeness. In 2016, we could have had Barack. He might have been worth having as a president. (Based on what I've seen of him, I'd now say no.)
Instead they had to rip apart the Democratic Party and gift Barack with the nomination, gift the one who wanted to make nice with Republicans. And now we're in the sorry state you see.
They ran the campaign against Hillary that was divisive and destructive. They left a scorched earth policy. Hillary got more votes than Barack so why didn't Hillary get the nomination?
Because they played dirty and they played smutty. Because they're whores. And they destroyed the chance that the people would be represented with their pick. They have no idea -- White people usually don't when they want to be 'helpful' about race -- of the damage they were doing.
And now we see the results of their damage.
Bush's war unpopularity did, however, contribute mightily to the Democrats' recapturing both houses of Congress in 2006, after a 12-year GOP siege. Continuing Bush disenchantment, a lethargic McCain campaign and Wall Street terror mixed with Obama's millions and magic mouth to grow the Democratic majority even larger in 2008, and also secure the White House.
So, this time it's Obama's turn. Now that he's made the nine-year Afghan conflict his own with two surges and three commanders, is he a Carter or a Bush?
Obama's approvals began high like Bush's, but have now cratered dangerously close to Lyndon Johnson's when he abandoned a reelection. Johnson's low and campaign withdrawal, of course, came in the tumultuous election year of 1968 with virulent anti-war fervor.
Although some polls show Americans have already decided against a second Obama term in 2012 (see Related Items below), there remains much time for recovery, although the economy shows signs of even further weakening and war losses are growing.
I am hoping he's one term and, honestly, that's one term too many. In 2012, ABB -- Anybody But Barack.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):