In this Spet. 5, 2012, photo, delegates watch as former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The placards on display as Clinton address

 

              In this Spet. 5, 2012, photo, delegates watch as former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The placards on display as Clinton address
In this Spet. 5, 2012, photo, delegates watch as former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The placards on display as Clinton addressed the DNC said, "Middle Class First." And indeed, speaker after speaker has evoked the party's devotion to the lot of middle-class Americans in 2012. The rich also have featured in the rhetoric, albeit as a punching bag. But the poor? Not so much. They've been mentioned only fleetingly. The discrepancy makes sense, from the standpoint of campaign strategy for President Barack Obama. A large majority of Americas identify themselves as middle class, while the poor lack political clout for a host of reasons. Yet for a party that has long embraced a role as defender of the downtrodden, the rhetorical patterns are striking. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)