Friday, June 25, 2010

The unforgiving minute: Unemployment and the GOP

I just figured out why the Republican party has recently shown  such hostility to the unemployed (they've never been pals, of course, but lately it's seemed above and beyond, even for the GOP):

Remember, the GOP tends to draw its main presidential contenders from the ranks of the (elite) unemployed: the Palins, the Romneys, the Santorums, etc.

It's really a supply-side issue: If the Republican party were to acknowledge the true extent of unemployment in America right now, the number of potential Republican contenders for 2012 would almost immediately become completely unmanageable.

And, on the flip side, if the economy were ever to recover to the point where even the structurally unemployed -- those people who've been out of work for so long their skill-sets are hopelessly outdated, the people who have become the most difficult to integrate back into the labor force in some meaningful, useful way -- had a chance of finding a job again, Newt Gingrich might find himself under pressure to actually work for a living.


Minute's up.

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