If you've ever wanted to get a high-five from Pajama Boy or a compliment from your neighbor that still hasn't removed their "I'm With Her" bumper sticker, the Democratic National Committee has a shirt for you. For $30, you can wear a shirt that says "Democrats give a sh*t about people." The unspoken implication is obvious: Republicans don't care about people. Don't vote for them.
A more truthful motto might be "Democrats give a sh*t about some people," because there are plenty of people about whom the Democrats lack any sh*ts to give.
Consider millions of children in low-income families, trapped in terrible schools because Democrats and teachers unions wouldn't let them have a choice to go somewhere else.
What about the coal miners that Hillary Clinton wanted to put out of work?
What about fetuses with a beating heart several weeks after fertilization?
The shirt should have an asterisk that says "*except coal miners, fetuses, and students trapped in bad schools." But I guess that's not what the asterisk on the shirt is for.
These caveats aside, Republicans really do care about people. So do Democrats. The ones that are elected officials care especially about their constituents (that's how politics works), who care mostly about what's best for them, but also what's best for their neighbors and community too.
Democrats say Republicans don't care about poor people. Republicans, after all, want to repeal Obamacare, cut taxes for the wealthy, and cut a whole bunch of government programs.
It's not that Republicans don't care about poor people, or that Democrats don't care about poor coal miners and students, it's that both parties disagree on how to help those people.
Democrats think a myriad of different welfare programs are the best way to help the poor. Republicans balk at the redistribution required from wealthy individuals, who generally don't deserve to be punished for their success. It's not that poor people don't deserve help, it's that the best way to help isn't to make them dependent on government welfare, it's to make the safety net a trampoline that puts people back on their own two feet.
A similar situation plays out with failing schools. Democrats want to give them more money, perhaps for higher teacher salaries or more after-school programs. Republicans instead call for more educational freedom, so that families can pick the best school for their students. After all, not all educational failures are simply the result of underfunding.
In the end, it's just a t-shirt. The Democratic base will buy it and have a good laugh and the DNC will make some money off of it. Republicans will roll their eyes and feel even more irritated with Democrats, no matter their income or occupation.
The plurality of Americans are smart enough to know politics isn't simple enough to fit on a t-shirt, which is why 42 percent don't identify with either party. They won't be swayed by this shirt. As a talking point, it's not going to get the Democrats where they want to go.
Jason Russell is the contributors editor for the Washington Examiner.