I just got off an interesting conference call held by The American Prospect led by EJ Dionne, Robert Kuttner, and Tamara Drau. Their big point was that Democrats need to do a better job of focusing on middle-class concerns, especially the economy. They said they didn’t think people outside the Beltway loved austerity and that they thought progressives were winning in Wisconsin.
My question was why Democrats are so loath to use class warfare or argue much of anything very forcefully and why E. J. Dionne bumbles around with “my good friend Charles Lane make some good points about how lazy union workers are, but I politely disagree”. Dionne claimed I was exaggerating, but admitted his style wasn’t to “punch people in the face”. They all answered that Democrats don’t use class warfare because the Democratic party is too dependent on money from rich people.