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  •  Hmmm, we said the same thing after 1964. (0+ / 0-)

    And "a long stay in the wilderness" lasted ... four whole years. Just sayin.

    •  Things do blow up, for sure. (0+ / 0-)

      But there is a demographic dimension to the Republican decline and such factors run long and slow. Both Parties have assembled great, long-lived coalitions since 1860, the Republicans after the civil war and the Democrats after the Great Depression. The recent Republican strength has come from an alliance between northern business and southern bigots, more or less, that was directed against 2 key enemies: labor and minorities. But that coalition is weakening for a few reasons, not the least of which is just declining numbers. A coalition disproportionately white and older is going anywhere but down. The question for Democrats, I think, is how do we build an enduring coalition of our own that doesn't merely rely on the failure of the Republican model. It is possible for there to be no commanding coalition and for both parties thus to fail at ruling a diverse nation. Obama's legacy will hopefully be the emergence of such an enduring coalition.

      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:40:26 PM PDT

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