But today, I don't want to talk about just that. I also want to discuss the message. This morning, we caught a glimpse of this continuing work in progress as top Democrats stressed the need to address job creation and income inequality while certain Republicans again used "TAXES!!!" as a proxy battle for the same old class warfare. For all the rumors about Obama "abandoning the working class", we're not seeing that as his actions speak louder than certain pundits' words.
Nick Kristof reminded us this past weekend of what President Obama has actually done.
The administration helped tug us back from the brink of economic ruin. Obama oversaw an economic stimulus that, while too small, was far larger than the one House Democrats had proposed. He rescued the auto industry and achieved health care reform that presidents have been seeking since the time of Theodore Roosevelt.
Despite virulent opposition that has paralyzed the government, Obama bolstered regulation of the tobacco industry, signed a fair pay act and tightened control of the credit card industry. [...]
In foreign policy, Obama has taken a couple of huge risks. He approved the assault on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, and despite much criticism he led the international effort to overthrow Muammar el-Qaddafi. So far, both bets are paying off.
This looks an awful lot like support for the 99% to me.
Yet while Obama hones in on this one message, leading G-O-TEA hopefuls can't seem to pick just one!
Even conservatives know who Mitt Romney works for (hint: think 1%). And seriously, it's not like the other G-O-TEA hopefuls are all that different.
In a sign of the growing impact the 99 Percent Movement is having, New Hampshire Union Leader publisher Joe McQuaid explained today on Fox News that his paper endorsed Newt Gingrich rather than Mitt Romney for the GOP Presidential nomination because the latter represents the one percent and is politically damaged because of it. “I think — and this is crazy, but so are we — that Gingrich is going to have a better time in the general election than Mitt Romney,” said McQuaid. “I think it’s going to be Obama’s 99% versus the 1%, and Romney sort of represents the 1%.”
Indeed, Romney’s net worth is estimated to be as high as $250 million — and much of this money was made through the same sort of corporate mergers and layoffs that have continually ripped off the 99 Percent. Ironically, Gingrich is also part of the one percent, “earning $2.5 million in personal income last year,” much of it accrued from using his government connections to assist major corporations.
OK, so even Romney can stick to this message! Without a doubt, a huge contrast is forming. Who's willing to work for the 99%? And who only cares about the 1%?
This is the message going into 2012. And this points us toward the real choice we will be making with our ballots next year.