The question is perplexing.
I am talking about people who are rich because they created businesses and benefitted from the business. They presumably are smart or business-wise and yet they politically favor the 19th century anti-business political party.
One of the most magnificent attributes of commerce is that it is 100% empirical. You can begin a business with a brilliant idea, with extraordinary vision and with vast sums of money and completely fail. Commerce does not reward anything except empirical behavior. Where the seller satisfies the buyer.
A person's behavior is empirical when they try a variety of actions and responses and do their best to be self honest about the direction of their learning. I cannot generally defined empirical but I can make it clear that that is the only way to be rewarded by commerce. Intelligence, charm, beauty and heredity are never decisive in business success.
Commerce focuses on three elements that have clear metrics: one is reducing costs, the metric is money. Second is increasing sales or revenue. The metric is money. Third is seeing or detecting and reacting to changing revenue streams. The metric is data of many sorts including money.
A person who focuses on these metrics is living in an empirical world.
The world of commerce is a voluntary world of exchange transactions. Empirical behavior is the only behavior that is rewarded. Such behavior arises only through responding to metrics. The source of the metrics is the number, frequency and quality of voluntary transactions. The end result is improving those transactions for all parties involved. That is the definition of commerce and success.
Politics is not empirical, it is tribal. The empirical entrepreneur can still be in his Democrat tribe with no cognitive dissonance.