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Re: A New Era of Democratic Domination

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Sydney’s response to Bill’s post, “A New Era of Democratic Domination

Things certainly do look bad for the GOP this year, but I think you may be taking this one victory to mean too much. I say this for one main reason: both Barack Obama and George Bush are exceptional people. 

Barack Obama is exceptionally appealing, and George Bush is exceptionally unpopular. Democrats in the future won’t have Obama’s unique appeal, and they won’t have a disastrous Bush presidency to run against. We saw in Georgia how well a Democrat did without Obama’s coattails among the African-American population.

Democrats have total control now, and that means they can’t blame Republicans for the country’s problems anymore. Fair or not, everything that goes wrong will be blamed on them.

However, that’s not to say that the Republican Party doesn’t have some changes to make.

Step 1? Showing Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and Karl Rove the door. Divisive culture wars designed to “fire up the base” are an easy way to win elections if your base is bigger than the Democrats’, but as you said that’s not true anymore. 

Conservatism isn’t dead, and I still believe that this is a center-right country. Republicans just have to stop preaching to the choir and start reaching out to the American people and explain how traditional fiscially responsible, small-government values make sense for everybody. 

If Republicans remember who they are and what they stand for, there’s no reason to think that they can’t become competetive again in 2014 or 2016, if not 2012. That is, however, assuming they don’t spend very long experimenting with the Sarah Palins of the Party.


Written by Sydney Vinick

December 17, 2008 at 8:40 pm

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