Commonwealth Policy Center

Democratic Political consultants are busy trying to figure out what when wrong in the election. Even though they apparently won the presidential race, it was by no means a landslide or a mandate. Democrats were supposed to pick up a couple dozen seats in Congress, win the U.S. Senate, and pick up governor’s seats. But the blue wave turned into a trickle. In fact, Republicans did much better than anyone expected. The GOP attracted far more Hispanics, young black men, and blue-collar workers than previous Republican presidential candidates. There’s a political realignment happening. Instead of identity politics which plays to disparities based on skin color or sex. Voters in many states are voting based on opportunities and American ideals instead of grievances or promises of special programs. And this change is much welcomed.