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The Incredible Shrinking Dems

From the January 1, 2005 Wall Street Journal: It was an annus horribilis for America's minority party.

11:00 PM, Jan 6, 2005 • By FRED BARNES
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There's reason to believe Republican dominance, absent a catastrophe such as a depression, will last. Yes, there are sure to be setbacks. Even as Republicans have ascended, three states--Illinois, New Jersey, and (this year) Colorado--have trended Democratic. But with luck, good leadership and intelligent nurturing of the center-right conservative coalition, Republicans should have the upper hand for years to come.

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.