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A New Era of Democratic Domination

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Barack Obama’s victory last month wasn’t the largest electoral margin in recent history. Bill Clinton got more votes in 1992 (370) and in 1996 (379). Every Republican between Carter and Clinton got over 400. Walter Mondale got a measly 13 to Reagan’s 525 in 1984. 

However, in many ways it marks a monumental shift in political arena. There just aren’t enough Republicans out there anymore.

America’s voting population is becoming more urban, less white, better educated, and younger. All of those demographics are solidly democratic. Obama even got an electoral vote in Nebraska because of Omaha’s urban center. He also performed very well among Latinos, and I don’t need to tell you how important that fast-growing group will be in el futuro. 

John McCain ran away from his liberal streak and straight for the Republican base. He shifted his position on the Bush tax cuts, among other things…


As many Republicans are beginning to realize, however, the “base” just isn’t enough anymore.

Democrats were dominant from the 1930s to the 1960s, and the GOP has been destroying the Democrats since Nixon won in 1968. It looks like it might be our time again.


Written by Bill Watson

December 17, 2008 at 8:30 pm

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  1. […] leave a comment » Sydney’s response to Bill’s post, “A New Era of Democratic Domination“ […]

  2. Actually, what results have been published – they’re few because it takes a while to compile them – show that GOP base might have been enough if McCain could have mobilized them to vote. A significant number of the Conservatives were not enchanted by McCain – even with Gov. Palin by his side – and stayed home in November.


    December 17, 2008 at 8:43 pm

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