Well, a funny thing has happened in the last 80 years. The Northeast has gone from being solidly Republican to solidly Democratic, meaning that there really are only a handful of Republicans who have constituency ties to the big banks (and plenty more Democrats!). Meanwhile, the rural West remains pretty staunchly Republican — and anti-bank, as these Crossroads GPS ads suggest. Plus the South, which has always been inherently anti-bank, has become the strongest region for Republican party.

So, is it fair to say that the GOP is still the party of the banks? There are tensions within it, of course, but if you look at the House GOP’s vote on TARP, the Tea Party, and ads like the one being run by Crossroads GPS, I’d say the balance of power in the party is now on the side of those who are suspicious of Northeastern bankers.