Monday, August 07, 2006

Bush at 20%: The Emerging Democratic Majority

I've been talking about this for a long time even though Dems kept losing elections. I do believe we are in temporary, fear based conservative blip. But the pendulum is about to swing back in a big way. E.J. Dionne recently speculated about the end of the right and its been obvious that the GOP is having a hard time holding their disparate coalition together as Kansas Republicans have jumped ship to become Democrats. Even amongst the GOP's religious base, a less partisan bloc is emerging that is already challenging the religious right.

While the current trajectory is troubling enough for the GOP and conservatives, the outright rejections of the GOP and conservative philosophy is evident in the "Millenial Generation". The New Politics Institute recently published a survey that took a look at the political attitudes of the Millenials. Not surprising, the Millenials tend to be much more "progressive" than all previous generations and believe that government should play a positive role in many areas.

To the New Politics Insitute's survey, you can add the latest Bloomberg/LA Times poll showing Bush at 20% amongst 18 to 24 year olds. In addition, the Harvard Institute of Politics finds that traditional liberals outnumber traditional conservatives 44%-16% amongst college students.

All in all, it looks like the days of Grover Norquist trying to drown government and sell it off to the highest bidder are numbered. I, for one, am happy to see the Norquistian YOYO (You're on your own) philosophy crash and burn. We're all in this together and together we can do more. Bye-bye, Grover!

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