Michael Medved came up this week with a very good definition of what separates current Democrats and Republicans:
Democrats are the ones that either are already filthy rich or the ones that have no chance of getting rich. Republicans are the people who believe they can get rich.
Example: Those giving $200 to $999: GOP $68 million; Democrats $44 million. Those giving $1,000 to $9,999: GOP $317 million; Democrats $307 million. The “fabulously wealthy” donors of $10,000+ gave $111 million to the GOP – a whopping $29 million less than the $140 million they lavished on the Democrats! Among those who gave $100,000+, the Democrats raised $72 million – more than double the $34 million the GOP took.
In political terms, I would say Democrats are formed by the two extremes: the people who have a lot to lose and the people who have nothing to lose regarding government policies. Republicans are everybody else in the middle.
I haven’t written anything about the current presidential race for two reasons:
– The real thing hasn’t really started yet
– I think I know what is going to happen at the end: Giuliani vs. Hillary.
Giuliani is a great candidate. He has even got the religious right on his side now. People prefer enormously candidates with executive experience (mayors, governors, etc) compared to legislative (senators). There is no better story than what Giuliani did for NY. His mild social policies are a good way to attract independents.
The problem is that I think Hillary is unstoppable.
She only has two weaknesses: She doesn’t look extreme enough, and Bill’s political ties are as long as his list of affairs.
I think the only chance Republicans have is that, because of these two weaknesses, the Clintons trip up on some power play and that turns some Democrats against them. There was a little tiny bit of that during the last debate, but something much bigger needs to happen.
Unfortunately, the extremes party seems to be poised to get back to power.