Bruce Springsteen has lost touch with his audience.
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Granting a marketing monopoly on a recent collection to Walmart, dodging millions in property taxes by classifying land surrounding his residence as a farm, and closing in at a net worth of a quarter-billion by the end of the current tour (cheapest ticket in my town: $125), Springsteen has lost touch with his roots. The party he supports has too.
Thomas Edsall of The New York Times reported late last year that Campaign Obama “will explicitly abandon the white working class” in its reelection strategy. “All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition” of “professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists,” as well as a secondary group comprised of racial minorities.
When the Boss last answered to bosses, Democrats represented blue-collar workers. Nearly a half-century later, Democrats write off the white working class to guys like Chris Christie. Even Springsteen recently conceded that Obama has been “more friendly to corporations” and “there’s not as many middle-class or working-class voices heard in the administration” as he had imagined when campaigning for him in 2008. He will be touring for dollars rather than trolling for votes this year.
In mocking Christie’s love of Springsteen, Alternet’s Sara Jaffe claims that unlike the rich Republican “Bruce is the ultimate populist artist.” Brand Bruce, with its blue jeans and flannel chic, makes populism its business. Chris Christie does too.
It’s not just that they share energy, charisma, and a home state. The governor and the Boss share a profession, too. It’s called show business. And the love of New Jersey’s governor for its favorite son, like the love of this Boss — but only this one — for the workingman, is a show that’s good for business. What part of the spectacle is genuine and what part is contrived is for the spectator to determine.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?