Wednesday, January 11, 2012

GOP Presidential candidates channeling Occupy Wall Street

What's that?  Did I hear what I think I heard?  Could it be a change of heart within the field of GOP Presidential candidate about "class warfare".  After months of belittling and bashing the Occupy Wall Street movement for bringing attention to concentrated wealth and income inequity, Newt Gengrich, John Hunstman, Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry are all channeling some form of populist outrage towards Mitt Romney.  

According to Harold Meyerson's Op-ed in the Washington Post, it appears the GOP field has finally become aware of "the economy that most people experience."  Almost to a person, with the exception of Ron Paul - who's coming to Romney's defense for his affinity to fire people and companies for poor performance - all are jumping on the front runner for his work at Bain Capital, a venture capital firm that Romney lead, which seems to have killed rather than created jobs. 

But this seems too simple of an explanation.  A story in Wednesday's Politico cites a Pew Research Center Poll that show nearly two-thirds of Americans see very strong or strong class conflict in society.  (To view the complete Pew Research Center Poll report, click here.)  While this field of GOP Presidential hopefuls are battling for the support of Republican voters, its likely they are seeing the same thing in their polling.  If not, they're not asking the right questions. 

While John Huntsman is a multi-millionaire in his own right, Mitt Romney is the obvious target and most importantly the "frontrunner" heading into South Carolina.  Also, contrary to his self-promotion that he knows how to create jobs - having done so to the tune of over 100,000 while at the helm of Bain Capital, Romney's presidential rivals are painting him as the embodiment of everything that's wrong with American Capitalism. 

Not to worry, Newt and the gang still have plenty to say about Obama's handling of the economy and unemployment.  Doesn't matter that the economy was well on its way into a virtual death spiral before he even took the oath of office, they're still going to try and deflect as much attention from their embrace of failed Supply-side economic policies as possible, and in the same breath call for less regulation which is what got us to this point in the first place.  But when you're the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, to hell with Reagan's 11th Commandment - Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican. 

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