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My friend Sally Zelikovsky has written an excellent article that I certainly hope will be distributed to all people of consequence.

From American

One  of the most disappointing aspects of this primary contest has been the class  warfare attacks leveled against Mitt Romney -- not by the president, but by  fellow Republicans.
Historically  falling within the jurisdiction of the left wing, Pandora's Class Warfare Box  was opened by Newt Gingrich when pro-Newt super-PACs attacked Romney's tenure  and success at Bain Capital.  Gingrich, while technically no more  responsible for these ads than Romney for his super-PAC, immediately and  relentlessly started to carpet-bomb Romney's success until forced to back off  when conservative voters made it clear that this tactic did not resonate with  them.
Rick  Perry embraced Newt's anti-1% rhetoric tout de suite when he called  Romney a "vulture capitalist."  This didn't hit conservatives in the sweet  spot either.
The  forces supporting Gingrich are doing it  again in their new "Time to Choose" ad, which features regular folks across the  country speaking on Newt's behalf.  It's all well and good until class  warfare references rear their ugly head again.  One woman says she can't  relate to Romney (inference: he's so 1% and I'm in the 99%), and another  characterizes Romney as the type of guy who doesn't pump his own gas (inference:  Romney is a member of the privileged 1% and lives above the rest of us who are  stuck in the oppressed 99%).
Rick  Santorum also jumped on the anti-prosperity bandwagon, but his arguments have  been more subtle.  He has consistently battled Romney at the class warfare  level with repeated claims that (1) Romney can't relate to blue-collar workers,  but he can; (2) Romney is rich, but he is not; (3) Romney's campaign is  better-financed than his (this is true); (4) Romney spends his money on ads  attacking Santorum (sorry, but that's "The Art of Political War"); and (5) for  some reason, this is not fair.
Remember  that argument Sarah Palin keeps making -- that the primary process is good and  will make our candidates stronger as they build up immunities against left-wing  arguments?  That politics is tough, a war by other means, a "rough and  tumble" battleground that will prep our nominee when he faces off against  Obama's billion-dollar machine?  If you can't take the fire, then, get  outta the kitchen, right?
To  be consistent, shouldn't Palin's thinking apply to Santorum as well when he  whines that Romney has all this money to utilize and (shock!) spends it on ads  that attack him?  If he is the Republican nominee, what does he think Obama  will do?  Play patty-cake?
Mitt  Romney certainly is wealthy.  But Santorum isn't exactly poor.   According to ABC, Santorum "earned an average of more than $900,000  each year between 2007 and 2010."
Oops.   Looks like he's a one-percenter.
And  Santorum isn't the only candidate who is the son of poor immigrants.  His  dad was a psychologist who immigrated here from Italy as a child, and his mom  was a nurse.  Apparently, his grandfather was the coal  miner.
Romney's  father, George, also immigrated here as a child, but from Mexico and, according  to the Wikipedia biography, was dirt-poor -- literally.  His parents'  farming ventures failed.  At 11, George worked in the fields and then  learned lath-and-plaster work when his dad ventured into  construction.
George  Romney eventually earned considerable wealth and rose to prominence as  Michigan's governor.  (The inheritance he left his son?  Mitt gave it  to charity.)
Both  Mitt and Rick are sons of hardworking men who immigrated here as children and  worked their way to varying levels of the American Dream.  These are both  great American stories.
Both  have law degrees.  While Romney's wealth exceeds Santorum's exponentially,  it's not clear that Santorum can claim to be a blue-collar man any more or less  than Romney could (if he tried).
While  Romney would be hard-pressed to claim blue-collar status, that doesn't mean he  is unfamiliar with hard work.  It also doesn't mean he can't relate to  people who are lower in the economic spectrum.  To imply this in any way  does a disservice to all of us and our abilities to empathize and put ourselves  in the shoes of others.  Unlike Rick and Newt, who harp on Mitt's wealth  and inability to connect with average folks, Mitt hasn't once imputed anything  similar to Santorum or Gingrich, who are both educated and wealthy enough to be  considered card-carrying members of the 1%.
Moreover,  Gingrich continuously pulls Occupy Wall  Street incantations out of his hat when he claims Mitt is propped up by  that evil Wall Street money reviled by 99-percenters the world  over.
Ouch.   Newt sounds more like a resident of Zuccotti Park every  day.
The  president, the unions, and Democrats in positions of political power are masters  at this game; they have long claimed to be for the "workers" and "working  families" while the rest of us are for the rich.  If I had to bet money on  it, this is probably their most-recited mantra.
By  "workers" or "working families" they don't include everyone who works, pays taxes, raises a family, struggles to make  a life for his or her family, or educate his or her kids.  They mean the  poor, the working class, union members, illegal immigrants, and, under Obama's  new definition of "millionaire," anyone earning less than $250,000 per  annum.  Small businesses aren't included unless they are owned by  minorities or are failed ventures.  The intimation is that "the rest of us"  do not know the value of hard work and do not qualify as "workers" or members of  a "working family."
This  divides the good people of our country -- rich, poor, and anything in  between.  It divides blue and white collar, professional and  non-professional, employer and employee, and those with advanced degrees vs.  those who "work with their hands."
The  left intends to elevate those who work "with their hands" above those who their offices.  (You thought I was going to say with their  brains, but we all work with our brains, and anyone who has a job or is  looking for one is working.)  As for working with our hands, why is it that  a construction worker is more worthy of that description than a lawyer who  spends countless hours doing research and writing briefs...with his hands...or a  surgeon who uses her hands performing a triple-bypass?
The  aim of the left is to divide us.  Conservatives generally don't sing this  song, but when they do, it is conduct unbecoming a  conservative.
Is  it really such a horror that Romney has more money than Rick Santorum?   Candidates need money.  Money is a necessary commodity in any political  race today.  When conservatives take down other conservatives because of  their wealth, they sound like liberals, and frankly, it makes my skin  crawl.  (This was actually a common argument used against Meg Whitman in  California's gubernatorial race in 2010.  The rationale was that because  she had a lot of money in her political till [much of it her own], she was  somehow unclean, not worthy of our vote, "buying" the  election.)
Those  who have such an attitude did not put much faith in the electorate then, nor do  they now.  If anything, they treat voters like  automatons.
An  election is bought and paid for when voters are bribed or coerced into voting a  certain way with the promise of a job or benefit.  Yes, Meg Whitman  purchased many ads that might have influenced voters, but ultimately,  individuals made their own, informed decisions.  No one forced anyone to  vote one way or the other.  However, it is as if people like Rick Santorum  think -- again, classic left-wing tactics unbecoming a conservative -- that  voters can't make up their own minds, that we don't have the wherewithal to do  our own research, marshal the facts, evaluate claims in ads, and then cast our vote.
I  don't mind a good fight.  Duke it out, boys.  But don't soil our  primary employing the stratagems of the left in the process.  We are better  than that.  And it is turning off voters.