Sen. Jim Webb is talking about his mother's family, who lived in hardscrabble eastern Arkansas during the Great Depression and was so poor "there was nothing -- not even money." The Democrats built their party around such people, Webb is saying, while the Republicans never cared about them.
That kind of populist anger is part of the Democrats' past, and Webb argues that it's the party's future as well. But he worries that "the people at the top of the party don't comprehend the power of that message," and as a result, the Democrats may miss their best chance in a generation to reconnect with the American middle class.
I felt like standing up and cheering after I read this article. Jim Webb doesn't seem like the person who has a real good chance to become the voice of the new Democratic party, but as someone sitting here in the heart of the flyover, I can tell you that he hits home perfectly with this message.
There's too much division, too much pandering to the special interests, too much attention paid to the goofballs, whether it's Coulter or Kos. The only people who get no ink at all are people like me.
Nixon called us the Silent Majority, and though he put a lot of social baggage on that, I think voters today are more interested in pocketbook issue, issues of war and peace, they are seeking some assurance that everything they've trusted to get them from one day to the next isn't being sold out, given away or traded for another war in a place they probably couldn't find on a map.
We've saved the world long enough. Americans are ready for Washington to pay some attention to THEM.
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