Now We Know Why Chuck Grassley Can’t Stop Watching the History Channel

Senator Chuck Grassley, R-IA, questions a witness during a Senate Judiciary Committee's Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee, hearing on the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, on May 11, 2011 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Every so often, a study of consumers’ preferences sorted along political axes comes out that confirms all our stereotypes about the culture divide between Red and Blue America. Democrats are the main purchasers of male gel-manicure supplies and recycled, organic puppy-yoga mats, we learn, while Republicans buy up the majority of America’s bacon mouthwash and guns marketed to pitbulls. (Note: Not based on actual data.)

But the latest such study caught our eye — not because of the data point that Republicans drink Dunkin’ Donuts and Democrats drink Starbucks (although, really, Massachusetts liberals? You gonna let that stand?), but for this tidbit: The “most desired” television channel for Democrats is Animal Planet, while Republicans go for History. And suddenly,  iPhone user Chuck Grassley’s inability to quit watching the History Channel makes so much more sense. He’s just trying to be a man of his people. 

Previously: A Brief History of Chuck Grassley’s History With the History Channel

More Context for Grassley’s History Obsession