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Thomas Frank on Liberals, Conservatives, Obama, and the Working Class

Thomas Franks was on C-Span this weekend talking about his new book The Wrecking Crew. Tom began the show talking about his previous book, What’s the Matter with Kansas, and how liberals tend to misappropriate its central thesis.

What most liberals take from the book is the working class votes against their best interest, and the conservatives manipulate them with “cultural issues”. The irony of that whole liberal interpretation is it highlights rather than diminishes the charge of “liberal elitism’.

In reference to Obama Thomas Frank states his argument was NOT that people cling to their guns, trade deals, or religion because they are bitter, but that they were an expression of class.