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Party of the Rich Includes Democrats

Monday, 26 Nov 2007 09:57 AM

By James Hirsen

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According to a recent study, there’s a new “party of the rich.” It includes a whole lot of Democrats, which means it includes a whole lot of Tinseltowners, too.

“The demographic reality is that the Democratic Party is the new ‘party of the rich,’” Michael Franc recently noted in the Financial Times of London.

Franc, an officer at the Heritage Foundation, conducted a study, which helps explain why wealthy Hollywood is chock-full of die-hard Democrats.

Examining the net worth of folks in states and congressional districts, Franc determined that the majority of the nation's wealthiest congressional districts were represented by Democrats and more than half of the richest households are in the 18 states in which Democrats control both Senate seats.

Franc's study also showed that, contrary to Democrat characterizations, “the vast majority of unabashed conservative House members hail from profoundly middle-class districts.”

While Democratic candidates’ eyes must remain firmly fixed on the wealthy, they’re all simultaneously pandering to the working class.

Apparently, the Democratic presidential candidates don’t want the same thing to happen to them that happened to Ellen Degeneres.

The comedic talk-show host recently found herself in the doghouse with striking writers.

The mistake Degeneres made was crossing the picket lines and doing her talk show despite the writers’ strike.

Because of a looming second strike by CBS’s newswriters, John Edwards, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bill Richardson have all said they will pull out of a scheduled CBS News presidential debate if CBS’s newswriters join the screen and TV writers in a strike.

The CBS-sponsored debate is supposed to take place in Los Angeles on Dec. 10.

Edwards already posed with picketers in L.A., and his campaign also indicated that he and wife Elizabeth will pass on an upcoming scheduled appearance on ABC’s “The View” because of the writers’ guild strike.

In a released statement, Edwards called on “all of my fellow candidates and their campaigns to do the same.”

The Obama campaign said that if news workers were striking “Barack Obama will not cross the picket line to attend the debate.” Obama’s wife Michelle also cancelled a co-hosting appearance on “The View” because of striking writers.

The Clinton campaign followed suit, noting that “America’s unions are the backbone of America’s middle class, and I [Hillary] will always stand with America’s working men and women in the fight to ensure that they are able to earn a fair wage.”

Richardson jumped on the debate-skipping bandwagon, too. “His actions when it comes to the strike are more important than what he says at the debate,” his spokesperson said.

James Hirsen is a media analyst, Trinity Law School professor, and teacher of mass media law at Biola University.

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