While many liberals are itching for class conflict in this election, a lot of Democratic politicians are keeping their distance from the issue.
Perhaps they realize that if they go for class warfare, Republicans might make them pay for it in November. In any case, even President Barack Obama stayed on the sidelines when labor unions hoped to draw him into their unsuccessful fight for the recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Politico
And when Obama did try to play the class warfare card recently with ads blasting his Republican opponent Mitt Romney for his involvement with Bain Capital, several of the president’s allies chastised him for attacking a private equity firm that has created jobs.
Meanwhile, after JPMorgan Chase lost more than $2 billion in trading this spring, leftists hoped the bank’s CEO would experience a thrashing at congressional hearings afterward. Instead, Democratic senators greeted him as an ally.
Democrats’ shift likely reflects the thrashing they have taken in elections over the past two years.
In addition, with union membership falling sharply over the last 20 years, organized labor has lost its political muscle. Moreover, Obama isn’t a great lover of conflict, and some Democrats share his desire for bipartisan accord.
The political climate just isn’t favorable for Democrats to invoke class warfare. “If you vote to break up the major banks, within weeks you’ll be flooded with millions of dollars in attack ads,” liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, told Politico. “If on one hand your allies are not as strong as they used to be and your opponents are much stronger, then you get more nervous.”
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