The more sensitive to our democratic needs (those) who join the ruling class, the more successful our democracy will be and the more likely its survival.
-- Walter Cronkite, via Louis Proyect, The American Ruling Class
This is embedded in Liberal ideology. Conservative ideology, it used to pretend that it mattered (especially the NeoConservative faction) but once it consolidated power in the mid-90s, it ditched it as much as it could.
To its long-term detriment.