The idea of democracy is to give the people what they want, right?
Here’s my rendition of the results:
Whose preferences would you say are embodied in our current government?
Non-donors as a group are pretty coherent, and seem to give a good representation of what Americans want.
Donors, perceived as an entity, not so much — the group is downright schizophrenic, in particular due to that anomalous bulge at the right. And that 5% or .5% determines what we get — not the 95%. (Money? Pernicious? Feh.)
Now: ask yourself where the self-professed liberals and conservatives that you know land on the left-hand graph.
Cross-posted at Asymptosis.