Political Colors

Red, blue, purple.  Those are the colors the left-leaning press leant to, respectively, the Republican, Democrat parties, and the fence-sitting politicians in between.  The colors for the GOP and the Democrat parties ought to be reversed, for Red is what the left-leaning Democrats really are.  But in their desperation to rid themselves of the connotation of Communism (at least until the battle is won at which time they’ll raise the red flag of Communism), the propagandist Media assigned the color red to the GOP.


Even though Governor-Re-elect Christie hugged every Democrat power-broker in New Jersey, Christie is a registered Republican.  He’s not a very blue Republican, though.  Even those who work in his camp admit he’s more like a purple dinosaur.  The Tea Party in New Jersey has known it since he ran for governor in 2009. 


He did come to speak at the Tea Party rally on the Morristown Green in 2009.  But he found himself facing a hostile crowd of some 2,000 very angry suburbanites and answering a question about school vouchers and school reform that he had spoken against previously.  Faced with such a crowd, he told them what they wanted to hear, not what he really meant.  Later, in the Fall, he switched positions again.  At that moment, on the Morristown Green, he undoubtedly vowed never to be swayed by an angry crowd again.  He found the Liberal Democrats much more accommodating, as long as he was accommodating with the taxpayers’ money, and he’s never looked back.


Little wonder then, that Tea Party members don’t trust him.  But he’s just the man for the purple GOP and their Independent base.


Rush Limbaugh, on his show yesterday, was discussing the difference between Moderates and Independents.  He said that the Independent voters had now become “Moderates” in the eyes of the Media.  Well, not quite.  “Moderate” is the description for a middle-of-the-road (and slightly left-of-center) candidate or legislator.  “Independent” is the term the Media uses for the voters who elect “Moderates.”


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the keeper of such information, the official term is “Unaffiliated” voter – and northern New Jersey is full of them.  There are more “Unaffiliated” (or “Independent,” if you prefer the Media’s view) voters than any other kind.


On Election Day, however, the break-out is telling:  in the northwest counties (northern Passaic, Morris and Sussex), voters cast their ballots for the Republican candidate.  Not because they necessarily like Christie or trust, but because there’s just no other choice.  The Eastern counties (Bergen, Essex, Hudson) vote faithfully for the Democrats.


In Passaic county, and parts of northern Morris County, of the 252,749 voters, 21 of the 26 towns studied voted Republican.  The wealthiest suburbs, located in various parts of the states (the same towns with the highest SAT scores), largely voted Democrat.  But in all cases, the majority of voters were unaffiliated:  46.7%, 41.86%, 48.4% (ten of the Garden State’s major cities), and 45.4% of the SAT towns.

It doesn’t take a master’s degree in statistics to know that residents in the cities outnumber residents in the suburbs.  If every adult in the cities (856,910 as of the 2010 census in the 10 cities selected) were registered and voted – Democrat (and only 5 percent were registered Republican in Newark) – along with New Jersey’s other secondary blighted cities, the people in the suburbs would have a problem.


But all is not lost.  Not only do the cities traditionally show a low turnout (Newark was an exception in the recent Special Election for the U.S. Senate seat) at election time, fewer city residents are registered at all.  Only 59 percent of urban residents in the study were registered to vote as opposed to the suburban towns, all showing 80 percent registered voters or better.  Only 5 percent overall were registered Republicans.


There are various reasons for the low registration in turnout in the cities.  Minorities don’t see their color on the ballot.  They may not be eligible to vote, for any number of reasons ranging from being convicted felons to being illegal aliens.


You might think it’s a matter of black and white in the cities.  But Blacks only edge out Whites in the city by a very small, 2 percent margin.  Hispanics, on the other hand, represent the actual majority minority majority at 47.1 percent.  That’s an 8.86 percent increase from 2000 and the numbers are climbing both in the cities and in the suburbs.


With one exception:  the wealthy “SAT” towns.  There, the greatest minority majority is not Black or Hispanic but Asian, representing 25.05 percent of the population.  In those towns, Blacks and Hispanics have had only slight population increases, whereas the Asians have increased at nearly the same rate as the Hispanics in the cities:  8.7 percent.


They outperform the cities and middle class suburbs both on SAT scores and graduation rates (91.9 percent SAT participation versus 84.7 percent in the Core Towns of the study).  Their household incomes are in the six digits and their teachers’ salaries are an average of $74,990 versus the low sixties in the cities and middle class suburbs.


They have the highest population rate of any group other than the inner cities (313,260 versus 1.1 million in the cities).  Ironically, the cities and then the SAT towns have the greatest number of white people.  But they’re still more densely populated than the outlying suburbs – 1,845.40 wealthy people per square mile.


While we’re worrying about the Mexican invasion of our cities, a quiet Asian invasion is going on in our wealthiest towns.  Yet, for all their wealth, only 76.3 percent of the housing units in those areas are occupied by their owners compared to 84.15 percent of homeowners in the survey’s Core towns.  The median price of a home in the SAT towns is $681,405.  And for all the taxes they pay, the average cost per pupil is on par with the Core towns – $17,877.  In the cities the average cost per pupil is $22,700, taking into account free lunches, additional security, and more services for special needs students.


The educational levels of the parents in the SAT towns are higher.  But higher generally means they’ve been subjected to higher levels of liberal teaching.  Being the successful people that they are, winning meant agreeing with the teacher and eventually passing their liberal philosophies to their children so they, too, would get better grades in school.


Which leaves the Middle Class squeezed from both the very rich and the very poor.  As the desire for success passes from generation to generation, more college-educated Independents are teaching their progeny to please the teacher.  That’s who the Republican Party is courting.  They’re counting on our educational system having done its job very well in indoctrinating young voters through grades, job promotions, and incomes that can withstand higher taxation.  They can afford to be magnanimous in their voting.


That’s life in New Jersey.  That’s why blue Republicans and reddish, wealthy Democrats would vote for a purple governor in a blue state.  His landslide victory has made Christie think “President” in 2016.  Whether that will translate in Red Middle America is another question.  In 2016, if Hillary Clinton runs against Christie, it will be Women versus the Tea Party.



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