what eye thynk: More than one political pundit has pointed out that, when you look at the Republican base statistically, you find they are whiter, yes, but also poorer and less educated than those who habitually vote Democrat.
More than one political pundit has questioned why people who are in the lower reaches of personal economic viability would vote against their own interests, i.e. for the modern Republican Party, so regularly.
I'm just going to say it: because they are stupid. I don't mean that they are uneducated (though it is an unfortunate fact that conservatives tend to boast fewer college graduates in their numbers than liberals)--but that they really are just plain stupid.
I came across the following example weeks ago and it has stuck with me for obvious reasons:
The New York Times quoted Leo Martin (62) who explained why he is a Donald Trump supporter. "The Republican Party has never done anything for the working man like me, even though we've voted Republican for years. This election is the first in my lifetime where we can change what it means to be a Republican."
I can find no way to argue in favor of Mr. Martin possessing superior brain power no matter how many times I read his statement. Where is the logic in a 62-year-old man continuing to vote for a party who, by his own admission has done nothing for him in his lifetime? How does this become an intelligent decision? You don't "change what it means to be a Republican" by voting for the same Republican principles over and over again. That's like saying "I hate red cars but I'm going to keep buying them until the manufacturers realize that and stop making them." It's stupid.
A more recent example comes from Google. During the most recent Republican debate, there was a lot of heated back and forth between Jeb Bush and his fellow candidates about his brother, the 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush.
A top trending question on Google during the debate: "Is Jeb Bush related to George W. Bush?" The obvious take-away from this question is that the same people who are confused by the Jeb-W relationship, should probably not be asked to expound on the relationship between George the first and Jeb and W. It would be too much, because they're...I'll say it again, stupid.
Now I realize not all Google users are Republicans, so I can't attribute 100 percent of the top-trending thing to the party on the right, but I find it easy to believe that a Republican in Alabama or Louisiana who found it necessary to pose that question in the first place would be impressed that a Democrat in Massachusetts already knew the answer.
If you have any doubt that the Republican Party depends on the stupidity of its base, you need look no further than the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who is either lying to this voters (because he thinks they're stupid) or he is lying to himself (which is really stupid).