Oh goody. A researcher over in England named David Klemperer has come up with a “Class Struggle Index” to rank the Democratic presidential field now taking shape. Not surprisingly, Bernie does best, but Beto better find a more working class encounter than dental hygiene to Instagram next time, as he’s clearly trailing the progressive pack.
Good to see we’re back to open “class struggle” in American politics. A sure loser since 1848.
Chaser: If you think we’ve got class struggle now, just take in this old tweet from Britain’s possible next prime minister:
PAUL ADDS: Note the strong correlation between high “class struggle” quotient and leftism of the state where the potential candidates have sought office. O’Rourke’s low rating can probably be explained by the fact that he’s the only contender from a state Democrats never win.
Sherrod Brown breaks the mold. He’s from a genuine swing state, yet rates near the top on the leftism scale. He’s a genuine “class warrior.”
It’s a safe bet that Kristen Gillibrand had a lower “class struggle” rating when she represented a less than out-and-out liberal congressional district, rather than the entire state of New York. She’s a phony.