Thursday, June 24, 2010

Quote of the day: We're not unemployed; we're keeping our options open

No More Mister Nice Blog notes that, for Republicans, long-term unemployment in America isn't merely a handy source of political scapegoats and a weapon to keep wages and benefits down; it's also their political bench:

[I]n modern politics, you have to start doing this [putting together a presidential campaign] ridiculously early, and you have to clear as many impediments out of your life as possible to do so. That's why the likely GOP field consists largely of the long-term unemployed (Gingrich, Romney, Santorum), the recently jobless (Palin), and the soon-to-be-jobless (Pawlenty). Those burdened by gainful employment (Mitch Daniels, Haley Barbour) are already working hard to be mentioned as contenders by the Great Mentioners in the press.

This could also go considerable distance in explaining the GOP's fondness for hardy perennials in its garden presidential hopefuls.

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