Column: Brian Jones
Obama's Real Constituency
BARACK OBAMA is back on the campaign trail. But this is not 2008. This time around, he will need a different set of slogans. "Hope" and "change" have effectively been emptied of any content over the last three years.
The Democratic Party's real constituency is the American rich. And it's not just that the Democrats are funded by the rich. At the highest echelons of the party, they are the rich. The apparent "weakness" of the Democrats in the face of Republican attacks is not "spinelessness" or lack of negotiating savvy, but a logical consequence of the reality that they serve the interests of the wealthy, while struggling to maintain the appearance of doing the opposite.