The Campaign for America's Future (CAF) launched a new website Thursday, Wage Class War, saying that the 2012 election was, in large part, about class warfare and that the Democrats who sided with the middle class and poor were the victors. Starting with the president, and working its way down to many congressional Democrats, the argument was frequently centered on raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, increasing regulation on corporations and other class-related themes. Many candidates who ran on those themes were victorious. The website takes a look at case studies, political ads, poll numbers and other information from the 2012 election to make their argument.
Robert Borosage, co-director of the Campaign for America's Future, explained the need for the site:
In this election, Mitt Romney—the candidate of, by and for the 1 percent lost. And he lost significantly because the middle class won the class war debate. The President’s margin in key states like Ohio was established early by ad campaigns identifying Romney as the exemplar of casino capitalism, making a quick buck by breaking up profitable companies, shipping jobs abroad, treating workers and their communities as pawns easily sacrificed along the way. That of course was reinforced by Romney’s own campaign and his own revealing moments—corporations are people, I like firing people, elevators for his car, the $10,000 bet, $375,000 in speaking fees isn’t a lot of money, the 14 percent tax rate with money wintering in the Cayman Islands and summering in the Swiss Alps, and most destructively, the ill-concealed scorn for the 47 percent who are "victims" who don’t take responsibility for their lives.
That was reinforced by an agenda that recycled the Republican staples of top end tax cuts, deregulation, more trade accords, privatization. By a convention theme of "We built that" that had little appeal. Voters wanted change. They don’t think the economy is on the right track. But they essentially split on who would do better on the economy, while giving Obama a 53-41 edge on being better on "restoring the middle class." But they saw Romney as divorced from people like them, and Obama as a defender of the middle class.