And no I’m not talking about the Tom Cruise flick.
Washington Post’s Dan Balz has a very interesting article up today about the shifting demographics in our nation and how it is really putting the hurt on Republicans, to the point they are facing a permanent minority status:
For the past few months, political analysts and demographers have been poring over the results of the 2008 election and comparing them with presidential results from the past two decades. From whatever angle of their approach -- age, race, economic status, geography -- they have come to a remarkably similar conclusion. Almost all indicators are pressing the Republicans into minority status.
Republicans are still capable of winning individual elections, but until they find a way to reverse, or at least minimize, these broader changes in the country, their chances of returning to majority status will be severely reduced.
This is something many of us have felt for a long time. The inside the beltway thinkers try to sell this meme that we are a “right leaning” nation. There is some truth to that considering even our liberals are actually more right than the global norm, but in terms of American politics we are a left leaning nation. Here is one major indicator to validate this theory: