President Obama's big speech in Kansas this week makes clear that he's going to resort to class warfare to try to win re-election, writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post. With the economy in shambles, Obama is sticking to his simplistic stick-it-to-the-rich theme ("the breathtaking greed of a few," etc.), happily ignoring the fact that his own policies created much of the problem, argues Krauthammer.
We need a fundamental restructuring of "the totemic programs of the New Deal," he writes, but Obama prefers instead to simply blame everything on evil fat cats and pose as the savior of the masses. "This is populism so crude that it channels not Teddy Roosevelt so much as Hugo Chavez. But with high unemployment, economic stagnation, and unprecedented deficits, what else can Obama say?" He can't run on his own policies, so the only thing left is "class resentment." For a counterpoint, click here.