The Changing American Electorate and the “Establishment”

Mitt Romney

In a very interesting and informative essay in The New Yorker, there are two paragraphs which sum up the entire change that is coming in the American politics and the complete disbelief or lack of understanding by the Republicans, as well as their memories of the “glorious past”, which some of them want to reconstruct.

First is about how the electorate in US is achanging:

Last Tuesday, Romney won three-fifths of the white vote, matching or exceeding what several winning Presidential candidates, including Reagan in 1980 and Bush in 1988, achieved, but it wasn’t enough. The white share of the electorate, which was eighty-seven per cent in 1992, has steadily declined by about three points in every Presidential election since then. At the present rate, by 2016, whites will make up less than seventy per cent of voters.

And then, a comment by Bill O’Reilly, which shows the attitude of Republicans and conservatives, which is totally at loggerheads with the way things are going:

On Tuesday evening, before the race was called, Bill O’Reilly, after acknowledging that “the demographics are changing,” offered the following explanation for an Obama victory: “It’s not a traditional America anymore. And there are fifty per cent of the voting public who want stuff. They want things. And who is going to give them things? President Obama. He knows it and he ran on it. Whereby twenty years ago President Obama would have been roundly defeated by an establishment candidate like Mitt Romney. The white establishment is now the minority.” He added, “You’re going to see a tremendous Hispanic vote for President Obama. Overwhelming black vote for President Obama.”

This party and group has viewed Whites as the “Establishment” and promoted it as that.  It is the breaking down of this “establishment” that is creating an issue with this group.

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