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November 15, 2012


How the Democratic Majority Emerged

Jonathan Chait: "There is no such thing as a permanent change in American politics. What we're talking about here is the landscape for a quarter-century or so -- anything beyond that is too distant to project. In the long run, interracial marriage and cultural assimilation will make the descendants of today's Latino voters identify much more closely with the white mainstream, which will make them more amenable to conservatism. But that long run is pretty far off. For the foreseeable future, the decline of the white population is occurring much more rapidly than the weakening identity of the nonwhite population. The Democrats have a party identity that is well suited to this environment; it is the Republicans who will have to adapt."












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