The Democratic Party likes to talk about rich vs. poor, male vs. female and black vs. white. Both parties have plenty of millionaires and billionaires. Unfortunately, sexism and racism are still with us but we have made tremendous strides in the last fifty years.
The real war is between wealthy, elite Democrats living on the coasts vs. those with less income and education living in the interior. Of the fifteen states along the Pacific and Atlantic north of Virginia, Hillary Clinton won every state except for Alaska. Of the remaining thirty-five states, she only won Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada and New Mexico.
Once upon a time farmers and blue collar workers were core constituencies of the party. Now their focus is almost exclusively liberal elites plus groups they accuse Republicans of victimizing.
They are not content with abandoning them. They absolutely hate them. Hillary Clinton called them deplorable and irredeemable. An MSNBC host said rural Americans are the “core threat to our democracy”. They even delight in people’s misfortune. Another MSNBC host called the assault on Rand Paul her “favorite story”.
I am a politically independent, college educated person that held a high level white collar job. Since I live in Indiana, I am an evil racist in their eyes. That is a strange way to try to get my vote.
One of the key debates during our founding was whether we would be a pure democracy or let the wealthy elite run things. If they were around then, we know which side they would be on.