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It seems quite clear to me the split in the GOP is not mushy-middle vs. hard right, but Donor Class vs. Primary Voters. It is about following the money.
The Donor Class, by and large, is fine with the way things are. It works for them. It works for their families. It works for everyone they know. They are doing OK. These are the Republicans who have money to put into investments. They have wonderful homes, secure incomes, and look forward to retirement. They are looking to sell their successful businesses, and buy property because prices are just going to go up, up, up as soon as the Fed lowers the interest rates. Their kids go to nice schools and then nice colleges. They know each other and the right people.
They are not, for the most part, the liberal superrich, but still get direct access to the politicians. Let’s face it, most of us are not paying $2,500 a head to attend a political fundraiser for our local politician. We don’t get to do that sort of thing. Nor are most of us pundits in safe jobs that allow us to rub elbows with the politically powerful.
The Primary Voters are horrified at what they see and horrified at what is happening to their ways of life. And this is given no real voice, anywhere except when a man came along who did not need the Donor Class. He was his own man. You want to know has happened to good ol’ Ron? Donor Class getting into his campaign and his ear. Why does National Review, the supposed flagship of Conservatism, do things like jump on the Covington kids and lead the charge against the GOP nominee winning the election? Follow the money. Their Donor Class supporters want that.
The majority of the GOP politicians don’t give any more care to their Primary Voters than do the Democrat ones. It is all about keeping their real base happy. That is not you and me, brothers and sisters. It is the near-rich who are going to be just fine no matter what.
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