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Bourgeois Realism

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Just in case you’re getting a bit too foamy-at-the-mouth over the recent recentering of the American political scene. From here:

Oddly enough, Schumer said, those ideas are based on his imaginary conversations with an imaginary couple named Joe and Eileen Bailey.

Typical middle-class Americans from Long Island, the Baileys make $75,000 a year and have three children. The Baileys apparently guide all of Schumer’s political thoughts and steer him clear of the kind of left-leaning rhetoric that causes Democrats trouble on Election Day. “The party that figures out how to reach the Baileys in our dramatically altered world will be the dominant party for a generation to come,” he writes.

To hear Schumer tell it, Joe and Eileen have been showing him the way for years. Referring to the three-term Republican incumbent he vanquished in 1998 to win his Senate seat, Schumer said, “I beat Al D’Amato talking to them.”

Good to have some honesty and clarity on this point. Schumer, generally considered a left-leaner on most issues and of course only in context, draws the constituency line at the $75,000 household income level.

The median US household income was $43,318 in 2003.

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February 27, 2007 at 11:21 am

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  1. Judging from the census, a household earning $75000 is in the 72nd percentile of household earning (2005). That may be middle class but it is certainly the high end.


    February 27, 2007 at 1:32 pm

  2. I seem to remember some fun once asking our elite undergraduates what they thought the median household income was in the US. The collectively ratified response, I believe, was $100,000. Or was it $150,000? Definitely six-figures – I am sure of that.

    Those were the days… My students here would have a slightly firmer grip on the subject. Most of them work; none of them makes, um, $100,000 per annum.

    What’s galling about Schumer’s claim is the fact that, without euphemism or slide, he alligns himself / national ideological atmospherics along earnings lines. We might expect religion, race, gender (i.e. “I always ask myself what the average Catholic / evangelical / black / soccer mom would think of my policy.”) Nope – not that insubstantial stuff. The issue here, quite baldly, is that people earning $40 K would want something very, very different from those earning $75 K. And he simply isn’t going to listen to the former.

    (No one with a gigantic blog reads my site, I’m sure… But I really wish one of our esteemed librul bloggers would pick up on this sort of shit and shame him and the party a bit… The Median Need Not Apply….)


    February 27, 2007 at 1:52 pm

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