Why Are Dems Ignoring Rove's Enormous Insult Of Work?

Apropos of Bowers' dead-on, ongoing rant about apologizing while under attack, I want to know this: Why on earth are "The Corner", Mickey Kaus and Sullivan the source of harsher commentary on Rove's enormously offensive attack on work and the people who do it than Democratic campaigns. Why on earth is the Edwards campaign not getting

This is what he said, folks: "I don't want my 17-year-old son to have to pick tomatoes or make beds in Las Vegas."   

And: "Now frankly," Rove said during a riff on the temporary worker part of President Bush's immigration reform plan, "I don't want my kid digging ditches. I don't want my kid slinging tar. But I know somebody's got to do it. And we ought to have a system that allows people who want to come here to work to do jobs for which Americans are not lining up."

This insults work. Period. It also insults the people who do work. It is the worst kind of class warfare. There's nothing more fundamental to what Democrats are supposed to be.

It also insults everyone affiliated in anyway on any side with the immigration debate. It was spoken by THE focal point of Republican political strategy. There is no figure of comparable stature on the Democratic side. The reason that the MSM hasn't seized on this is that no Democrat feels strongly enough about it to make it an issue and keep making it an issue until it reaches an audience, a la the Edwards bloggers and Kerry's joke.

Bowers is right that Dems can be attacked with impunity, but that's as much the fault of Dems without the stomach for legitimate political battle as it is a lazy and cowed media. I assure you that if Hillary Clinton decided to use her platform to make this an issue - if she called on Pres. Bush to fire Rove, repeatedly. This would become an issue. It's Doau's triangle. Good God, almighty.  

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Re: Why Are Dems Ignoring Rove's Enormous Insult O

Hillary, in her own subtle form of class warfare, said something to the effect that kids today are dreaming (obviously not American dreaming) if they think they can grow up and simply 'get' a job paying $50,000 a year. They have to earn that right. Where I live - Denver-Boulder - fifty grand for a family of three barely covers the cost of living.

Hillary won't criticize Rove on this because she actively supports the skewed income distributions. All that time at Walmart's World Headquarters instilled the proper values in her.

by scudbucket 2007-02-15 06:36AM | 0 recs
Actually

The reason the Dems aren't picking up on Rove's remarks is the same reason that Kerry didn't use the immigration issue to win in 2004 [1].

The reason: they agree with Bush. The Dems want votes, the Bush side of the GOP wants the cheap labor, and both like having domestic helpers. And, both supposedly distinct groups seem to want to replace or dilute the power of the current voters. See this analysis from a former Fox advisor for more on the latter. To a certain extent some of them are RacialDemagogues (Luis Gutierrez springs to mind), and others live in fear of angry press releases.

[1] Highlighting Bush's anti-American Guest Worker plan would have won Ohio, and highlighting Bush's BorderSecurity failures would have won Arizona. And, if he'd won those states, Kerry would be president today.

by TheLonewackoBlog 2007-02-15 05:49PM | 0 recs
why do political cultists do the things they do?

umm....they are ignoring it because the dems are like the GOP -- RIGHTwingers. But just a different species of rightwinger.

The dems push identity politics, the better to divide the populace so that the upper class may rule.

by cryofan 2007-02-16 03:09PM | 0 recs

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