CNN: GOP routed by reality
James Carville and Truman Fellow Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza write about the changing electorate in CNN:
In 2009, we wrote a book, “40 More Years: How Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation.” Building on Ruy Teixeira and John Judis’ 2002 tour de force “The Emerging Democratic Majority” predicting the 2008 election, we argued that America’s diversifying and increasingly liberal youth voters would secure a lasting Democratic majority.
Our collaboration seemed appropriate then and is only more so now. On one half of the byline, you have James Carville, 68-year-old white man from Louisiana and professor at Tulane University. On the other side, you’ve got a 26-year-old second-generation Latina with a fiancée. Voters who look like James are on their way out; voters like Rebecca are our future.
A few reviewers missed the point of our focus on demographics. Others, primarily young, entitled, progressive men, critiqued us for not recommending that Democrats focus on appealing to young, entitled, progressive men. To this, we plead guilty. Our book was about demographic diversity and the future of the Democratic Party.