"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


too early to say

Was November 4, 2008 a critical and realigning election?

Yes. No. We don't know.


Anonymous Michael Westmoreland-White said...

Probably, but we don't know. Realignments happen AFTER big elections. If Obama is successful, the answer is probably, "yes," especially given demographic changes. But if Obama is unpopular in 4 years, then, as E. J. Dionne said weeks ago, in that case this election will just have been a speed bump on the Ronald Reagan highway.

I am cautiously optimistic that this realignment is coming and will be even more in evidence in '12. That will mean that the second half of my adult life will be much happier (politically speaking) than the first half. I turned 18 just in time to lose the 1980 election, then lost everything until '92 and spent the Clinton years trying to figure out just what I had "won." (That did become easier to see every year Bush II was in office! :-) )

So, I hope the rightward tilt the country took beginning in '68 (with slight deviations from '76-'80 and '92-'00) is finally moving back to the center or even center-left. I just don't see how a major political party (the Republicans) can succeed if it is 93% white in a country that is only 66% white and moving rapidly toward a "no ethnic majority" diversity. I don't see how it can succeed without a message to cities, to women, to Latinos and Latinas. I don't see how it can succeed by celebrating ignorance and repudiating even its own intellectuals in a faux populism.

Monday, November 24, 2008 1:19:00 PM


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