The Democrats’ middle-class problem

About two in five Americans report household incomes between $35,000 and $100,000 a year. Right now, almost three in five are deeply worried about their financial situation, according to an ABC poll from March.

This should give Democrats an issue, theoretically. But to date, Obama and his party seem incapable of harnessing the growing middle- and working-class unrest.

Part of this is cynicism, and the misplaced belief that middle-class Democratic voters have no place else to go. But a larger part is that the Democratic party long ago abandoned its traditional constituency of labor, minorities, and the poor and have been adrift even since with no discernable platform except for being corporate-friendly.

Someone will harvest that unrest. But it won’t be the Democratic Party