Somebody Buy David Plouffe 'The Lost Majority'
12:14 PM, May 29, 2012 • By JAY COST
At the beginning of John Heilemann’s sprawling, 6,500-word essay on Team Obama’s reelection strategy are these telling paragraphs:
Ruy Teixeira, the co-author of The Emerging Democratic Majority with John Judis, is one of the key prophets of the coming Democratic eschaton: The theory that demography will sweep conservatives out of power and deliver the Democrats a lasting majority.
Democrats have been arguing this one way or another since at least 1972, when they noticed that the Baby Boomers backed McGovern over Nixon. Now, of course, the Baby Boomers are conservative, but never mind. Never mind as well that the white working class – a key plank of the Emerging Democratic Majority – has abandoned the Democratic party over the last decade, and Obama is set to lose them by a wide margin. Never mind also that this new majority suddenly disappeared in the 2010 midterms. (Noticing a pattern yet?)
Smart politicos should already know all this, for they should have read Sean Trende’s The Lost Majority: Why the Future of Government Is Up For Grabs, And Who Will Take It. Trende deals with the concept of permanent/enduring majorities in general, and takes the most recent Democratic iteration out to the woodshed.
It looks from this article that Plouffe hasn’t read Trende’s book. Can somebody get him a copy? (Or, better yet, don’t. We’ll buy it for him after the election!)
Jay Cost is a staff writer for THE WEEKLY STANDARD and the author of Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic, available now wherever books are sold.
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