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What They Want Now

'But the memo warned that Obama’s selling of the economic recovery under his watch “does not ring true to them.” Most working-class voters do not see an economic recovery that benefits them.

'But what is also true is that, despite the mainstream media’s broad-brush characterization of a generalized “dysfunction in Washington” as the cause of the nation’s stalled economy, as the Democracy Corps memo states in its conclusion, “Republicans should not believe that these voters blame both parties equally. They do not.”

'They do hold conservatives in Congress responsible for putting a thumb on the policy scales to favor the wealthy and to block the initiatives that would help working-class people recover from the economic crash. What they want now is President Obama to fight for them.'

Isaiah J. Poole, editor of,
on focus group response to State of the
Union address by President Barack

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