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Democrats in Lansing, Mich., are nowhere near the far end of the liberal-o-meter as are Democrats in San Francisco, Calif.
So while Rick Santorum is taking heat for encouraging Democrats in Michigan to vote for him in Tuesday’s primary, he is actually using a playbook that the GOP should adopt in the general election.
And that is: Pit “working class” Democrats against the extreme radicals who populate the activist wing of the Democratic Party.
Rank-and-file union members, for instance, are just as disgusted with President Obama’s decision to punt on the Keystone pipeline as are conservative Republicans around the country.
“Instead of celebrating their victory by hugging a tree, they should hug a jobless construction worker because they’re the ones who are going to need it,” fumed the Laborers’ International Union of North America.
“Once again the President has sided with environmentalists instead of blue-collar construction workers, even though environmental concerns were more than adequately addressed,” they added.