90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
It’s About The Middle Class

James Carville and Stan Greenberg on Election 2012. Money. Power. And the battle over America’s battered middle class.

President Barack Obama lays out his plan to extend tax cuts for the middle class, during an announcement from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP)

President Barack Obama lays out his plan to extend tax cuts for the middle class, during an announcement from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP)

James Carville was the “Ragin’ Cajun” political strategist who pushed through Bill Clinton’s “it’s the economy stupid” White House victory in 1992.  Stan Greenberg is the Democratic pollster who digs in deep on what Americans really want and feel.

And right now Carville and Greenberg are both waving their arms and shouting about the American middle class.  It’s dying, they say, and we’re not America without it.  Romney talks” big economy,” they say.  Obama too, until recently.  But the winning way they say, is a laser focus on the middle.

This hour, On Point:  James Carville, Stan Greenberg, and the blazing crisis of the American middle class.

-Tom Ashbrook

 

Guests

James Carville, political consultant, attorney, and prominent liberal pundit. He’s co-author of the new book It’s the Middle Class, Stupid!

Stan Greenberg, Democratic pollster and political strategist who has advised the campaigns of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and John Kerry. He’s co-author of the new book It’s the Middle Class, Stupid!

From Tom’s Reading List

ABC News “Democratic strategists James Carville and Stan Greenberg have a message for the Obama campaign: Stop trying to convince voters that the last four years have been good for them, and start talking about what you are going to do in the next four years to make the economy and their lives better.”

Talking Points Memo “In a series of memos and media appearances last month, several Democrats fretted that the campaign was bungling its economic message by trying to persuade people that the economy is actually improving, rather than sympathizing with their troubles.”

Politico “In their forthcoming book, “It’s the Middle Class, Stupid!” Democratic strategists James Carville and Stan Greenberg lay out both a harsh critique of Republican fiscal policies and a groundwork for Democratic economic proposals and, as you might expect, it’s Carville who comes out swinging with some of the most colorful language. Here are the book’s best quotes.”

Excerpt: It’s the Middle Class, Stupid!

Use the navigation bar at the bottom of this frame to reformat the excerpt to best suit your reading experience.

 

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Oct 21, 2014
David Perdue, Michelle Nunn

Two weeks to go till Midterm Election Day. We’ll look at how the biggest issues are playing out around the country.

Oct 21, 2014
This undated image provided by Google, shows an early version of Google's prototype self-driving car. For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling on the state's public roads. The agency is issuing permits, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods. (AP)

The future of the car: from the fuels they’ll run on, to the materials they’ll be made of, to the computers that may drive them.

RECENT
SHOWS
Oct 20, 2014
In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo, patrons line up for “Nightmare: New York,” a haunted house attraction in New York. (AP)

Afraid of snakes? Heights? Ebola? We’ll unpack the science of fear.

 
Oct 20, 2014
A statue of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on New York City's Roosevelt Island. (Flickr / Alexisrael)

Greatness and the American Presidency. Aaron David Miller says aim for good. Really good.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

More »
Comment
 
Two LIVE Tracks From Jazz Violinist Regina Carter
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Regina Carter shares two live tracks — one arrangement, and one original composition — with Tom Ashbrook in the On Point studio.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: October 17, 2014
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

We talk Facebook mishaps, whether Katy Perry was actually right and the glory of architectural giants and their iconic windows.

More »
Comment