Let's look at two centerpieces of R policy initiatives in the last twenty years and ask yourself, has it really helped the middle class? What have been the consequences for the middle class from trickle down economics and our particular flavor of free trade.
I guarantee you it will be Rs coming to the defense. The middle class guy, trying to believe, is scratching his head, thinking there is no connection bewtween the Rs statistical defenses and his own experience. Whatever the theoretical advantages of these two cornerstones of R econ policy, the middle class won't be on board as theory and life don't match for him. If we can't make them match, we should change. It has beaten up the middle pretty bad.