Salena Zito | No trust, no solutions

People who live and work outside Washington,  D.C., say their way of life and values have not changed. But they think those  who live, work and legislate inside the Beltway have, frankly, gone bonkers  about everything.

David Hendricks of Weatherly, Pa., said those  lawmakers are tribal, angry, argue about things most people never even think  about, and run campaigns based on “vote for me because I am one of you and not  one of them,” rather than “vote for me because I will do a good job for all of  us.”

To him, this is “just foolishness.”

Hendricks did not vote in November. Neither did  many others with whom I spoke at the Pennsylvania Farm Show last week.

Their answers are a glaring look into the  cultural chasm that is expanding between urban America and rural America.

Fascinatingly, at least half of these folks were  young, Democrat and college-educated — bucking the concept of unhappy,  conservative Republican, older white men.

“Both parties share two sides of the same coin,” said Johanna Horst, 32, a social worker from Reading.

People are fed up with politics, according to  pollster Scott Rasmussen.


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