This post confirms what you already know: Mitt Romney is the 1% candidate. He talks and acts like a 1% guy, and has the resume of a 1%er. He’s got money– lots of it. His wife has 2 Cadillacs. You already knew all that.
But wait! There’s more! The Rachel Maddow show recently spent a lot of time (18 minutes) explaining how, in every Republican primary where exit polling has been conducted, a majority of voters with incomes over $100,000 always vote for Romney, and a majority of voters with incomes with less than $100,000 vote for someone else.
Video: Rich rally for Romney as Gingrich sucks Santorum’s support
John Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and political writer for The New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about Mitt Romney’s dominance among high income voters and what that will mean for the pending southern state primaries.Â (The Rachel Maddow Show)
So your own perception that Romney is a 1% candidate is not your own private fantasy, but his 1%-ness is widely perceived by most rich people, as well! Furthermore, guess what: voting rates are up among 1%ers, and down among everyone else!
This is a phenomenon that I’ll even bet is shared by the majority of sentient beings. Remember back before the primaries, when it was loudly and almost unanimously predicted that Romney would be the Republican Party’s candidate for president? Well, guess how the press arrived at that judgment: they were told that by the Republican Establishment! And how much you wanna bet that most or all of the Republican Establishment are also 1%ers?
This is an unusually clear assessment. It’s usually true of Republican candidates for president, but seldom has it been so transparently true.
George W. Bush, at least, disguised his 1% status by talking like a high school dropout. But not Willard. Willard is of, by, and for the 1% class of rich Americans.
Mitt’s problem is that Mitt’s 1%ers have, um, only 1% of the vote. Which is why Republicans are doubling down on voter suppression techniques.
Other consequences for the national election this year are also apparent:
* There will also be a humongous bamboozlement campaign to make people think that Mitt really is just one of the [99%] guys. He will probably be portrayed having a beer with some blue collar guys.
* Voter suppression by legislation at the state level is widespread.
Thanks to the OWS movement, we now have a widely accepted vocabulary for describing this.
But Rachel also showed us something else, that gives me hope. And that is, clear Republican incompetence running their own primaries during this primary season. If it wasn’t for Florida in 2000, and Ohio in 2004, one wouldn’t think that Republicans could throw an election with this level of incompetence,
but evidently, they can. Unless Eric Holder wakes up in time and starts doing his job.
Bob in AZ