Monday, November 12, 2012

Advice For The Other Team

I have a vivid memory, from back in the first Tom Vilsack term, of a group of Johnson County Democrats chanting "Tax! The! Rich! Tax! The! Rich!" at the governor, and most of the rest of the crowd applauding.

Just over a decade later, that appears to be a winning national strategy:

Like every president, Obama won for myriad reasons, important and petty. But his reelection was hardly small and hardly devoid of ideas. Indeed, it was entirely about a single idea. The campaign, from beginning to end, was an extended argument about economic class.

Obama had decided that his reelection effort would be an attempt to go over Speaker of the House John Boehner’s head and bring to the voters the proposition he couldn’t get the opposing party to accept: that both moral decency and plausible budgeting required an end to George W. Bush’s tax cuts for the rich.

Class war? You say that like it's a bad thing. We had it and won.

But I'm a fair minded fellow and willing to give some advice to the other team. I make a point of getting outside my comfort zone, communicating with Republicans and reading their sites. Get on the internet, off your own special TV channels, and outside your megachurches once in a while. It'll be good for ya and good for the country.

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