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.