Political Party Realignment

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  1. BetteDavisEyes

    BetteDavisEyes "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy

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    Aug 6 2017, 11:51 am ET

    Political Parties Near Realignment After Twenty Years of Sorting

    by Dante Chinni and Sally Bronston

    WASHINGTON — On the surface, the American political system looks fairly steady, with two well-known behemoths, the Democratic and Republican parties, fighting for control.

    But those two parties have changed a lot in recent years and those changes have remade American politics.

    Philosophically and geographically the Democrats and Republicans look very different than they did in the 1990s and you can see it by looking at maps for the House of Representatives from the 2016 and 1998 elections (the last Congress of the 20th Century)...

    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/ele...ealignment-after-twenty-years-sorting-n789951
     
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  3. AlwaysShocked

    AlwaysShocked Active Member

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    Here's an in-depth interview for anyone who wants to take the time to read some background of how and why our political parties have ended up where they are today.

    This no-holds-barred interview was with General Alexander Haig for the oral history section of the Richard Nixon Library. Haig was in his 80's at the time, in 2007. He was a man of strong character and equally strong opinion. He was brought in to act as Nixon's chief of staff when Watergate was starting to collapse the Nixon Presidency.

    This 70 (!!) page transcript is the "sanitized version". I'd just love to read the non-sanitized version because he is quite frank in his opinions. He talks about Russia under Putin, Korea, and China. And lots about Nixon and how his cabinet members would sometimes simply ignore him.

    https://www.nixonlibrary.gov/virtuallibrary/documents/histories/haig-2006-11-30.pdf

    Haig later went on to serve President Reagan, about whom he tells some eye-opening stories about the president's exhaustion level during foreign trips.
     
  4. bwt42

    bwt42 New Member

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    Maybe lighter & darker were not the right words. The non white percentage of the American population is increasing. The democratic percentage of white votes needed to win an election is decreasing.
     
  5. bluesneakers

    bluesneakers Active Member

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    And the non-whites are all Democrats but the whites are Republicans, and this is your opinion, or... ?
     
  6. EllieBee

    EllieBee Former Member

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    You posted statistical info re:the last 50 years. Polivent TOS says we may ask for factual evidence. Thanks in advance!
     
  7. bluesneakers

    bluesneakers Active Member

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    That's why I think it's just a guess.
     
  8. bwt42

    bwt42 New Member

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    Sorry but my copy and paste is not working. The center for American progress in a piece titled "What about the white vote" cited the 50 years & the percentage of the white vote needed by a democratic candidate is decreasing.
     
  9. Tawny

    Tawny Bye

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    Thanks for clarifying :)
     
  10. SeesSeas

    SeesSeas FLORIDIAN

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  11. SeesSeas

    SeesSeas FLORIDIAN

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    bwt42:
    https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/race/news/2016/02/05/130647/what-about-white-voters/
    What About White Voters?
    Posted on February 5, 2016, 9:03 am
    Most analyses of America’s demographic revolution focus on the fact that people of color will comprise a majority of the country’s population in about 30 years—specifically, 2044 by the U.S. Bureau of the Census’ latest estimates. A question often underlying these analyses is: “How will this browning of America affect our country’s politics?” While the explosive growth of this group is a transformative element of modern American politics, another important and often overlooked question is: “What about white voters?” That is, how will the voting tendencies of whites affect election outcomes as our country moves toward becoming a majority-minority nation?
    The majority of whites have voted Republican in every election over the past 50 years, but a meaningful minority of whites support the Democratic nominee every election.
    […]
     
  12. everybodhi

    everybodhi Verified Cosmopolitan Bias

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    Double posting my response to your double post.


    Since you brought it up..
    According to your link, Trump got 54% of white votes and Clinton got 40%.
    The other side of this is, "What About the Racial Minority Voters?"

    Trump got 8% of the African American vote, 27% of Hispanic Americans and 27% of Asian Americans. His Asian vote was the least of any candidate that has won the presidency since tracking them began in 1992.
    Bush and Reagan got 9% of African Americans and did far better with Hispanic Americans, 35% and 34%.

    Trump ran on a racist platform, with a big dose of sexism thrown in, and he outright lied to gay people.

    Trump won with lowest minority vote in decades, fueling divisions

     
  13. bluesneakers

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    Imho, the Democrats portray the white man as their enemy in appealing to their constituencies & the Republicans portray non whites as threatening in appealing to theirs. I'll let y'all make up the labels.
     
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    [video=twitter;894554165430673412]https://twitter.com/WSJPolitics/status/894554165430673412[/video]
     

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