Posted BY: J. Robert Smith
Back in 2002, Ruy Teixeira and John Judis published a book boldly proclaiming The Emerging Democratic Majority. Demographics were destiny, said the authors. The coloring of America would transform politics in the Democrats’ favor for a long time.
In the 20 years since, no such majority has materialized. Is it stalled or stillborn? Is the Democrat Party, instead, becoming an incredibly shrinking party lorded over by privileged, progressive whites? We won’t pretend to read tealeaves or sift data with such glorious insight as Teixeira and Judis. But we can observe what’s happening now. The Democrats’ anticipated emerging majority may be an emerging minority. Even Teixeira has suspicions.
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The demographic changes that Teixeira and Judis ballyhooed as pivotal to Democrats aren’t producing the desired results. Seems Latinos have their own minds and want to pursue their own interests, even if that leads to them voting for Republicans. Middle- and working-class Americans of all colors are fleeing Democrats, too. That broader trend is more troubling for the Party of Biden.
If enough Latinos defect from Democrats and stay defected, the extreme “progressivism” — including D.C.-based election rigging, curtailing gun rights, and court packing — that Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Joe Biden have pushed zealously becomes dustbin fodder.