Uh oh, you took the bait.
How the G.O.P. Became the Anti-Urban Party
The very word city went all but unheard at the Republican convention, held in the rudimentary city of Tampa, Fla. The party platform ratified there is over 31,000 words long. It includes subsections on myriad pressing topics, like Restructuring the U.S. Postal Service for the Twenty-First Century and American Sovereignty in U.S. Courts, which features a full-throated denunciation of the unreasonable extension of the Lacey Act of 1900 (please dont ask). There are also passages specifying what our national policy should be all over the world but not in one American city.
Actually, thats not quite true. Right after Honoring Our Relationship With American Indians and shortly before Honoring and Supporting Americans in the Territories, the Republican platform addresses another enclave of benighted quasi-citizens: the District of Columbia. Most of what it has to say is about forcing the district to accept school vouchers, lax gun laws and the fact that it will never be a state. It also scolds the district for corruption and decades of inept one-party rule. Only a city would get yelled at.
Unsurprisingly, the chairman of the Republican platform committee, Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, is from a state that has no city with a population of 500,000 or more. One of his two co-chairmen was Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, which ranks 47th among the states in population density. The other was Marsha Blackburn, who represents a largely suburban district of Tennessee.
IT could hardly be otherwise. The Republican Party is, more than ever before in its history, an anti-urban party, its support gleaned overwhelmingly from suburban and rural districts especially in presidential elections.