Try the New York Times.
All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned 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.The fact that a man who promised to bankrupt the coal industry as a candidate before he halted drilling in the Gulf Of Mexico and punted an important decision on the proposed KeystoneXL pipeline through the upper Midwest until after the 2012 election and cancelled a mineral lease auction for energy companies drilling in the Ohio section of the Marcellus Shale as President of the United States should come as no surprise that he holds the working class of this country in low esteem.
This doesn't necessarily apply to the blue collar workers who have been working in the coal mines, oil rigs or natural gas pipelines but also the Americans whose wallets continue to take a hit as energy costs continue to go up as more and more red tape and regulatory burdens are placed on utilities and energy exploration companies.
Of course as the Obama Administration has been- to paraphrase Interior Secretary Ken Salazar- keeping their 'boot on the neck' of the oil, coal and natural gas industries, they were merrily shovelling millions of taxpayers dollars to shady 'Green Energy' ventures like Solyndra or Finnish electric car maker Fisker. In fact, as much as 80% of the recipients of $20.5 billion in Department of Energy loans and grants turned out to be top dollar donors to the Obama campaign.
As long as there have been political campaigns, it seems as though candidates have fallen over each other to try and see who could identify with working class Americans the most- no matter who's running, a hardhat seems like a mandatory prop in campaign advertisements. But according to documents from Democratic analysts Stanley Greenberg and Ruy Teixeira, the new standard bearers or working class heroes for the Democrat party and Obama 2012 campaign should be "professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists" [the overwhelming majority of them belonging to a union like the SEIU or AFSCME, no doubt- NANESB!].
Despite the stark clarity this analysis by Greenberg and Teixeira offers, it only highlights the obvious about three years too late.
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