Getting Stern

If you haven't seen this before, you're going to love it. Watch as Andy Stern, then President of the SEIU, let's loose on his partners in the Democratic party for their failure to represent working Americans.

It is three years ago, and Andy Stern is venting on Thomas Frank's 2004 book, "What's the Matter With Kansas," in which Frank complains that conservative voters are tricked into voting against their own economic interests when they support Republicans

Democrats are seen by people in Kansas as Volvo driving, latte drinking, Chardonnay sipping, northeast, Harvard and Yale educated liberals. And I keep saying everywhere I go - Frank says that's how they're perceived, I say that's the reality.

Stern is angered by Frank's indictiment of the judgment of working class voters, arguing that the problem is not dumb workers but Democrats doing a lousy job of representing workers.

If people don't get that the Democratic party does not stand for people's economic interest, they don't fight for it. I'm not saying in their heart they don't believe it, but you couldn't find enough Americans who can give you ten things Democrats stand for in terms of economics - there's no authenticity as Joe Klein would say - it's just bogus to blame the workers for the lack of leadership in the Democratic Party.

This from a man who is said to have been the most frequent visitor to the White House in the first year of the Obama administration.