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Party of Educational Elites

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The recent gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey produced very different results for the Republican nominees, but exit polling showed identical patterns when it came to electoral divisions based on education level. In both states, the GOP nominees—Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia and Chris Christie in New Jersey—won solid margins among all voters who never earned college degrees.

In fact, the Democrats only did well among that small minority of the population who reported some form of “postgraduate” education. Leaving out such people with advanced educational credentials, Cuccinelli beat McAuliffe by 3 points, but the Democrat’s 22 point advantage among “postgraduate” voters gave him his narrow victory.

These results indicate that far from representing the toiling masses or the downtrodden, the Democrats have increasingly become the party of educational and economic elites.

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  1. Bill Powers  •  Nov 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    This is why we are in trouble in America. The Educated who control the public school and higher educational process in the country are systematically under-educating our children and have been doing so increasingly post 1990. “Da Yute of America” are not taught to think but how to feel about the pop/political world they live in. Those feelings emanate from the Progressive movement hence indoctrinated populations increasingly disdain the principals of our founding fathers and clamor for more and more “Govmint” protection and control. Those older undereducated who vote Republican today will vote Democrat in the future.

  2. Leonard Nolt  •  Nov 15, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    And that’s probably the reason why Reagan criticized education and teachers so much, and Republicans frequently cut taxes that go for education, but not tax breaks for corporations and millionaires. That’s why conservatives policies divert funds from education to building prisons. They’re working at keeping people out of school and uneducated so they can get more votes in the future. For conservatives it’s all about getting more votes and more money, not about helping people learn and succeed and thereby strengthening the country.

    • Paul Bopko  •  Nov 16, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Unless I am missing something in this discussion, isn’t it true that money spent on education is going ,more towards benefits for teachers and bloated bureaucracy. And unless criminals decrease in numbers, then you have to house them somewhere. Reagan’s criticism of education was pointed at the failure of the system to teach what the students needed and not the power structure of the unions. As Albert Shanker said years ago, ” when the students pay dues I will represent them” or words to that effect.

    • Dave Ward  •  Nov 16, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Wow. Talk about a “low information” voter! Progressive agendas erode self-esteem as a grab for power. Healthcare is a large fraction of GDP so of course big gov wants to control it and steer less literate folks into the nanny state. The main reason grad students vote D is they are fully indoctrinated!

  3. Bernard Wolff  •  Nov 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Virginia’s election was influenced by huge donations to the McAuliffe campaign from outsiders (Mayor Bloomberg, labor unions, Hollywood), the lack of support from senior leadership of the Republican Party, and the fact that Federal Government employees live in Virginia. The strongly negative campaign against Cuccinelli was not sufficient to stem the amazing surge in the latter’s poll numbers as the election approached. Again, the Mainstream Media turned a blind eye to the veracity of the elements of the negative campaign waged by McAuliffe.

    Christie’s strong personality resonates with labor union members and those in the middle class that are seeing their present and future destroyed by the Democrats in Washington.
    His willingness to “push back” at the press & his detractors should be an example for others.

  4. Shilo Platts  •  Nov 21, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Dear Michael,
    I agree with your assertion that those of us who are well-educated tend to embody many of the ideological positions of liberalism to a greater extent than conservatism. Where you and I philosophically part ways, however, is that I don’t celebrate ignorance or stupidity. Education and intellectual aptitude are strengths to which one should aspire, not liabilities to be the subject of envious scorn. I make no bones about being an intelligent guy. Consequently, even though I lean very conservative on a number of key issues, I do not wish to be affiliated with what is becoming “The Stupid Party” of the academically inept caliber of someone like Sarah Palin.

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