Urban educated versus rural blue collar Americans
Republicans won as they often do, appealing to the elderly and poor Americans, exploiting fear and race, and playing to religious conservatism. The odd thing is that Republicans represent big business and that is opposite from working class constituents.
I could never figure out why one of my Grandparents belonged to the Republican Party. Grandpa was a machinist and union factory worker. Grandma was a stay-at-home Methodist woman where no drinking was permitted. However, try as she might, she could not stop Grandpa from smoking.
The other grandparents were Democrats. Grandpa was a Democrat politician who won elections in a Republican rural community. Grandma was a working woman who ran a department store. Grandpa was known for accommodating Catholics and Jews that helped him win elections.
This isolated rural Ohio Community today belongs to the likes of John Boehner. They vote for him for what he says and make little connection with what he actually does for the community.
Anyway, this story is about the East Coast and the West Coast where there are concentrations of urban, educated, and albeit liberal and more tolerant electorate versus the lumbering middle.
The future of America will be the redistribution of the population to living in communities that are engineered for efficiency and self sufficiency, I believe. That means, the middle will be for farming. Long term, I don’t see the Right to Works States prevailing against unions. Southern states will likely attract manufacturing industry, if and when it returns. That would bode well for Republicans.
“Political divide between coasts and Midwest deepening, midterm election analysis shows
By T.W. Farnam
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 21, 2010; 12:24 AM
Results from November's midterm elections have exposed a deepening political divide between cities on the coasts and the less-dense areas in the middle of the country.
The Republican Party's big gains in the House came largely from districts that were older, less diverse and less educated than the nation as a whole. Democrats kept their big majorities in the cities.”