GOP’s new plutocratic populism: A bizarre vision of the working class

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via GOP’s new plutocratic populism: A bizarre vision of the working class – Salon.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014

What’s the way to win over struggling middle-class voters? A union-busting right-to-work act, says Mitch McConnell

JOAN WALSH

GOP’s new plutocratic populism: A bizarre vision of the working class Tim Scott, Mitch McConnell (Credit: AP/Jose Luis Magana/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Fresh off his victory over Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin, Senate Minority LeaderMitch McConnell headed to the American Enterprise Institute Thursday to make himself over as a GOP populist. The party, as you’ve heard, has decided it needs “middle-class outreach” – since it’s given up on outreach to women, Latinos, African-Americans and the LGBT community – and thus some intellectuals and politicians have tried to craft “a middle class agenda.”

While the party should continue to stand for the free market and business interests, McConnell said, it had to face facts: “For most Americans whose daily concerns revolve around aging parents, long…

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