American politics can be interesting, especially when European actors try to mimic the discussion on the other side of the Atlantic.
Consider what I would call the “overdog underdog argument”: When the elite (in itself a questionable concept) tries to present itself as authentic populists acting against “the elite” – you know, George W. Bush as “the guy you would have a beer with”. The case in point is when a right-wing commentator tries to present the Democratic party as the rich people’s party and complain about the media’s silence on this fact. Obviously yet another case of “Mainstream Media” bias.
As it is, staticians have been on the case and shown that there are two interesting connections at work here:
- “Rich people” are more likely to vote for the Republicans than the Democrats
- “Rich states” are more likely to vote for the Democrats than the Republicans
Or to quote Andrew Gelman: The media doesn’t mention fact that the Democratic Party is “the rich people’s” party, because it isn’t. The state/people dynamics are still interesting both analytically and in political practice but if the Democratic Party is anything then it is still the party of economically successful states.
And by the way: Bush43 would never offer you a beer. You would have to pay for yourself – and for him.