2008 was supposedly the end of White male domination. Of course, if all White people had voted for Republicans, Democrats wouldn’t win for generations. Obama’s win led to a lot of eulogies for the GOP with terms like “permanent minority.” It took about a year and a half for the party to be resurrected.
Newt Gingrich was the father of swamp draining. He used the excesses of the House banking scandal to bring about the first Republican majority in both houses of Congress since the Truman administration. In the 22 years since then, House Republicans have been batting about .81 for control. The Senate has been more rocky, but it’s been in GOP hands more than Democrats over the past generation.
I have frequently compared the Trump campaign to the primary campaign of Pat Buchanan. His warnings of an amoral president and immigrants taking American jobs has come to pass. To a large extent, that fact alone led many to believe that Hillary Clinton couldn’t lose, especially since Obama has been moving refugees into toss-up states over the last year.
While there is still plenty of life in the plurality of White Americans, the moral component of Reagan era policies has given way to pro-choice Republicans and gay marriage that is likely here to stay. They were backhanded wins for leftists, removing issues to run on. Conservatism may yield to libertarianism. Trump is somewhere in between.
While Democrats may have hope for the future, today’s Republican party controls more governor’s mansions and state houses than almost any time in history. In terms of demographics, most Democrats are concentrated in California, New York and a handful of blue states and they’re getting bluer all the time. The elite who can live anywhere live on the left coast. The people who can’t move and work real jobs live where they live, and that’s everywhere. It turns out, they’re Republicans this year.