The Guardian has two good peices that need to be read together today. First, Mehdi Hasan points out that Barack Obama, like Mitt Romney, is an apologist for the 1%. Then Gary Younge writes that while the white working class is often said to ‘vote against its own interests’ by rejecting Democrats, we could equally ask why poor black and latino folk consistently vote against their interests by turning out for Dems.
Those who are struggling and believe Romney will improve their economic lot are wrong, regardless of their race. Eight years of George W Bush proved that. But it does not follow automatically from that that their home should be supporting Democrats under whom things have gotten less bad less quickly. True, those are the only two choices on offer. But if you’re poor they are not great choices. What they need is a party that represents their interests. In a country where corporate money chooses the candidates and therefore shapes the debate that will demand a change in politics, not just politicians.
Or as one of my friends crudely put it: “the difference is that the Dems at least offer to buy you dinner before they date-rape you. But you still don’t get that dinner.”