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Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in At TMV | 8 comments

Where are the lunchpail Democrats?



WASHINGTON – Lunchpail Democrats don’t exist.

To bring the point home, Pres. Obama is now warning Democratic activists to brace themselves for the budget. But after capitulating to conservatism over Democratic economic values throughout his entire first term what comes next really shouldn’t require a warning. From the Hill:

Top White House officials are warning liberal and labor leaders to brace themselves for President Obama’s budget proposal. – Obama warns left: You won’t like budget

Pres. Obama’s no for now decision on Keystone XL is a carrot before the impending budget stick.

If Lunchpail Democrats did exist they would be boycotting the Democratic National Convention, which is being held in right-to-work North Carolina. They would also have challenged Pres. Obama’s conservatism, instead of saying the debate wasn’t worth the effort, while making excuses for him when he embraced austerity.

Obama’s Bank of America decision, on top of his right-to-work reelection self-interest, on top of everything that came before, which is magnified by a warning from the White House on Obama’s next budget, all of it points to a plundering of Democratic principles inside a political party that stands for nothing anymore.

Lunchpail Republicans in Indiana not only have more self respect and principle to stand up for the middle class and working families, as well as unions, than Pres. Obama and the entire Democratic Party, but this group of Republicans are willing to challenge their own at the ballot box to prove it.

How arrogant are Obama’s conservative apologists to think these things don’t matter? Coupled with slick Mitt on the other side, who can’t even convince conservatives, they think they’ve got a ticket to ride to reelection. So, team Obama and his conservative fans think they can do anything and get away with it and why not?

We keep hearing and reading how people feel they have no choice but to vote “lesser of two evils” and back Pres. Obama. I certainly feel their frustration and it’s their vote, their choice. But what will change and what will be gained by hoping the same action will produce different results? How will the Democratic Party and the ideals at its foundation change with more of the same?

Or maybe as far as the Democratic Party is concerned it’s just too late.

Taylor Marsh is the author of the new book, The Hillary Effect – Politics, Sexism and the Destiny of Loss, which is now available in print on Amazon. Marsh is a veteran political analyst and commentator. She has reported from the White House, been profiled in the Washington Post, The New Republic, and has been seen on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic, as well as on radio across the dial and on satellite, including the BBC. Marsh lives in the Washington, D.C. area. This column is cross posted from her new media blog.

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  • Brewhouse Jack

    They were gone by the end of the 1970s.

    By then, along with other mainstreamers, the Democrats (and the liberalism they were known for) had abandoned (and done worse to) them (too).

  • zephyr

    I suppose in an era where the GOP has gone completely around the bend and much of society has abdicated their own historical reponsibility to be informed and active, it isn’t surprising to see the democrats becoming (stupidly, greedily, and immorally) more and more like republicans. Where is the strong, visionary and dedicated liberal leadership (meaning advocacy for the 90% and for the future)? I’ve voted in every presidential election since I was old enough to vote, but this one is shaping up to present us with two major candidates whose leadership styles are varying degrees of clueless and uncaring. To top things off, the amount of money and propaganda that will be flooding the airwaves will be staggering.

  • Brewhouse Jack

    Don’t look now, but Newt Gingrich may end up the Vice President selection (at least officially) by Mitt Romney for 2012.

    “Lunch pails instead of food stamps”

    That guy (Gingrich) is loathsome, but look at his competence compared to Obama’s. I still believe the GOP will lose in 2012 because they’re “blah” (worse people than I find them loathsome, primarily), and don’t really promise change (fiscal reform, really reducing the size of government, which didn’t happen under Gingrich after 1994, really shrinking the size of that government as well as many people’s wrong assumptions about and expectations of it, something long in coming, long, long). They have been voted out of office before because they have been like the Democrats.

    (abandoning the lunch-pail crowd in dying industrial occupations and settings and so many others, too)

  • …two major candidates whose leadership styles are varying degrees of clueless and uncaring. To top things off, the amount of money and propaganda that will be flooding the airwaves will be staggering.

    Amen, zephyr.

    Brewhouse Jack says:
    JANUARY 19, 2012 AT 5:21 PM

    Don’t look now, but Newt Gingrich may end up the Vice President selection (at least officially) by Mitt Romney for 2012.

    “Lunch pails instead of food stamps”

    The hatred in that ticket would rival JFK and LBJ!

  • rudi

    (abandoning the lunch-pail crowd in dying industrial occupations and settings and so many others, too)

    Germany is keeping a thriving industrial base. Brazil is growing both GNP and a middle class. Neither embraced Reagan’s trickle-down/voodoo economic model…

  • Rcoutme

    The ‘abandonment of the lunch pail crowd” occurred in all of the so-called free trade agreements. Since those agreements did not include minimum wage standards for trading partners, we were left out. Since they did not include allowing professionals (doctors, lawyers, nurses, CEO’s, etc.) to move from the trading partners to here, we were left out.

    The simple (and obvious) result was that wealthy professionals (and moneyed inheritors, etc) could buy cheap imported goods while they had no fear of job loss. The manufacturing jobs (largely held by people without college degrees) left the country in an unprecedented fashion. Both parties supported the FTA’s. Both parties set up the economy we have today. China has people in near-slavery creating the electronic goods that were invented HERE!!!

  • Brewhouse Jack

    I have to chuckle at the misuse of “hatred.”

    (chuckle)

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    “I have to chuckle at the misuse of “hatred.”

    (chuckle)”

    (chuckle) or [chuckle]?

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