The GOP's Peculiar 1 Percent Psychology
politics.salon.com — It seems clear by now that there’s something about Mitt Romney that tends to turn off blue-collar and middle-class Republicans and to turn on rich ones. Now, as the action shifts to the Rust Belt and to the South, this class divide looms as a potentially serious problem for Romney. There seem to be two things going on here. One has to do with the lack of blue-collar enthusiasm for Romney, and the other has to do with those same voters’ interest in Santorum. What’s interesting is that there’s no apparent policy-based explanation for either phenomenon. If anything, you might think that Romney’s campaign platform would make him slightly more appealing to lower- and middle-income voters than Santorum, whose tax proposals are skewed to favor the wealthy and corporations even more than Romney’s.