This is how we end up with one campaign denouncing class warfare, when the reality is that the other one never fired a shot. The left expends all its political energy fighting to hold ground that should have been permanently won decades ago, so drained by the assault from accumulated wealth that it's unable to see that the battlefield itself is tilted—as in a funhouse.

And so Romney's right: The wealthy bought the room, and they're paying to keep it quiet. If it's ever going to change, somebody's going to have to make some noise.

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