Whether Mitt Romney becomes the 45th president or not, Politico's Jonathan Martin insists that the Republican Party is on the verge of a looming crisis. Sticking with the same overgeneralized racist narrative, it is basically a 'fact' at this point that the GOP's conservative ideology and a lack of diversity will ultimately lead to its downfall.
Conversely, the Democratic Party is poised to dominate in future elections. Nevermind that we heard this before in 2006 and 2008, with Clinton acolyte James Carville forecasted 40 years in the wilderness for the GOP. No, Martin insists that demography is destiny, and the GOP is bound to shrivel electorally as older white conservatives die off the voting rolls:
There’s not much of a moderate wing left in the GOP, but the pragmatism versus purity battle that looms on the horizon could be as fierce as Republicans have seen since the 'Goldwaterites' sought to wrest control of the party in the 1960's.
Despite some of the moderate views held by a diverse cast of emerging party leaders, Martin was still under the impression that its uncompromising base is completely out of touch with the vast majority of its constituents -- or reality for that matter:
The GOP coalition is undergirded by a shrinking population of older white conservative men from the countryside, while the Democrats rely on an ascendant bloc of minorities, moderate women and culturally tolerant young voters in cities and suburbs. This is why, in every election, since 1992, Democrats have either won the White House or fallen a single state short of the presidency.
Yet again, Politico insists that all the congressional gridlock and the resultant frustration the public now has with the political system in general has solely been the GOP's fault. Democratic obstructionism in the Senate and the Obama administration's refusal to put forward a workable budget blueprint have remained unexamined.
Nowhere in the article is there even consideration of the idea that 'the party of the people' have their own imminent crisis either. Polling data show there are far fewer young people who still think racism and sexism are major issues in the country than the liberal media would have us believe. What's more, young voters are keenly aware of the ballooning costs of entitlements and the national debt at-large.
Can the Democratic party really thrive in an era of post-racial, post-gender, post-identity politics where voters are concerned with economic issues and the solvency of the nation's government?