AFL-CIO Political Director Michael Podhorzer sends us this.
As we head into the final stretch of the election season, these are six overarching points to keep in mind.
1. Working-class rejection of Bush-Romney-Ryan economics is the defining issue of this year.
A year ago, all the talk was that President Obama could never win with high unemployment. And even more to the point, the early conventional wisdom went further, writing off working-class voters, asserting that the only path available to Obama was upscale voters in states like North Carolina. Yet what we see is that middle-class families are not voting automatically on the basis of the current economic statistics. They are comparing alternative approaches—and rejecting the reverse Robin Hood, union-busting, extreme economic positions of the right.