White House Press Secretary: In GOP debate, no mention of education or middle class


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney slammed the Republican presidential hopefuls for omitting two key issues in last night's debate. There's a good reason for that, Jay. They care nothing about the middle class and education, which is sadly obvious by their open disdain for both via their voting records, their bills, and their own words.

After all, an educated electorate would likely vote Democratic, and that would never do. And a dumbed down middle class would find it more difficult to find ways to challenge the policies of all those wealthy corporate types that the GOP snuggles with at every opportunity.

Via the WSJ:

I was struck by the fact that over the course of two hours, the phrase ‘middle class’ and the word ‘education’ did not pass anyone’s lips that I heard,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday. “The middle class is obviously, to our mind, the primary focus of everything that we do in terms of the economic policies we pursue and the concerns we have.” [...]

Mr. Carney said he was also “struck by the absence of attention to” education. Mr. Obama has said while the U.S. most lower its spending to rein in the deficit, the country can’t afford to stop investing in education.

The WSJ offers the excuse that education questions never came up. Not good enough, WSJ. Participants in any debate have no problem at all introducing whatever subject benefits them and plays to their strengths, such as they are.

Fictional examples, but accurate just the same...

Q: What's the deal with that term "Obamneycare", Tim Pawlenty?

Tim: About those tax cuts...

Q: Hey Newt, what's up with that two-week cruise through Greece and Turkey?

Newt: About those tax cuts...

If you recall, back in 2008, Former Half-Gov MyWay McThumbNose out and out admitted her refusal to answer questions that didn't suit her:

Ifill: Would you like to have an opportunity to answer that before we move on?

Palin: I'm still on the tax thing because I want to correct you on that again. And I want to let you know what I did as a mayor and as a governor. And I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I'm going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also.


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  • David G.

    The reason is simple... The Republicans only appeal to those with limited education and non of the targeted voters for the Repub are in the middle class.  They're all rich who want to get richer or poor, who is the fastest growing segment of society, thanks, ironically, to the Republicans... DG

  • Tell me about it.  I picked "middle class" and "education" for my GOP debate-night drinking game.  2 mind-numbingly boring hours later, I'm still sober as a priest on Sunday--What was I thinking?!

    I should have picked "Obamacare" and "deep dish."

  • The working [and too often unemployed] middle class needs to understand, the GOP hates us!