Michael Kazin argues that The New Republic is ignoring the American worker:

Why not send Cohn, Judis, or a young staffer (preferably one who speaks Spanish) to interview Wal-Mart employees in some Midwestern exurb, or a laid-off auto worker who attends packed evening classes at a community college after a day of telemarketing (perhaps the most soul-destroying task ever created), or a crew of Latino landscapers as they spruce up the yard of yet another McMansion in Potomac, Maryland, or McLean, Virginia?

These suggestions are motivated by more than intellectual curiosity. The triumphs of liberalism in the twentieth century depended on many factors, but without support from working-class voters of all races in Appalachia, Texas, and beyond, there would have been no New Deal, no Fair Deal, and no Great Society. Since the 1960s, liberalism has been ascending the social scale, to the point where its prominent tribunes are blowhards like Keith Olbermann or bloggers like Marcos Moulitsas, rather than any politician with a following among sales clerks or construction workers.

To be fair, President Obama won his share of sales clerks and construction workers.




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