What Washington Does Not See
The Gallup Poll seems no different from most establishment organs. As I have noted in the past, when Gallup reports on the ideological composition of the nation, its titles for these releases seem more to hide than to reveal the big story. Still, Gallup -- unlike many other news organizations which issue polls at irregular intervals that seem calculated to demoralize conservatives -- has a vested interest in its own credibility. The same is true of Rasmussen: Scott Rasmussen pretty clearly is conservative, but his polls make sense, show trends, and present conservatives with unwelcome news at times.
Gallup has recently released a poll showing which parts of America are most confident economically and which are least confident. (The District of Columbia, of course, is not a state but rather a federal district, but it is included along with the fifty states in the poll.) In every state, the Gallup Economic Confidence Index is negative: there are more respondents pessimistic about the future than optimistic. But there is one place in America in which residents have a very positive economic outlook: our nation's capital, the District of Columbia. The gap in economic outlook between the home of federal bureaucrats and the least negative state, Minnesota, is huge. D.C. has a +29 positive outlook, and Minnesota has a -6 economic outlook.
Those who hold federal power treat themselves luxuriously at our expense. Where are the richest Americans? As Forbes noted in an article earlier this year, the richest counties in America are those in Maryland and Virginia surrounding Washington. The United States has 3,007 counties, with six of the richest ten of them right next to Washington, D.C.
These rich Americans are also the most strongly Democrat of any state in the nation. Indeed, the gap between Democratic partisan advantages in the District of Columbia and in the most Democratic state of the union is jaw-dropping: 66 percentage points in D.C. versus 26 in Rhode Island. Is it any surprise that Republicans have carried every state of the union in presidential elections since 1972, but have never come close to carrying the District of Columbia?
The divide between Washington and America is more than just partisan; it is ideological. Gallup has had a number of polls over the last few years dealing with the ideological inclination in different states. The latest, in 2012, showed that in every state except Massachusetts, conservatives outnumber liberals. (The article title was "Mississippi the most conservative state, D.C. the most liberal.") In fact -- forgetting that D.C. is not a state -- the difference is huge. No state was remotely as leftist as our federal district. This is a pattern which has been true in every Gallup poll on that subject.
Other research shows that the ideological voting pattern in the District of Columbia is wildly disproportionately left of center: 9.59% conservative to 90.41% liberal. However, out of the 237 cities reviewed in this study, Washington, D.C. was not the most liberal. Detroit, Gary, and Berkley were slightly farther to the left, but D.C. is profoundly leftist nevertheless.
Is it any wonder that Obama, who has lame job approval ratings by almost every poll around, has a dumbfounding job approval rating of 83% in the District of Columbia? This is far higher than in his native state and Democrat stronghold of Hawaii or any of the other eleven states in which give Obama a positive job approval rating.
Wealth in America is becoming like wealth in the Soviet Union, or in any other empire ruled from a distant and indifferent imperial capital with no real interest in its subjects becoming prosperous, independent, and content. Those who have political power, not those who drill for oil or write software or create businesses, have practical control of the wealth of America. The classes in America, if the left insists on defining America in terms of class warfare, consist of the ruling class in the District of Columbia and those who do real work in the rest of America.
The goal of leftists who run the federal government almost completely is not to redistribute wealth and power to Americans, but to suck the last bit of marrow from the bones of middle-class Americans who create the wealth that the chic elitists in Washington consume. In that sense, all of America is "Flyover Country" to the left. Make that clear to voters, and we might see a landslide.