Salena Zito

A distinct disconnect is emerging between Washington Democrats and more traditional Democrats who, whether they realize it or not, identify themselves primarily as Jeffersonian Democrats.

Until this year, the voter trend toward Democrats occurred in areas in which Republicans defaulted; Democrats picked up more of the highly educated and cosmopolitan populace (the idea and entrepreneurial classes) and, just like FDR, the ethnic and racial minorities. But they also gained the support of single women in the labor market and the “soccer moms” and “security moms” who previously voted Republican.

That left Republicans in the past two elections with the remnants of the “nostalgia class” and a party heading toward an unsustainable position, by neglecting changing American demographics and values they once represented.

Now, it may be independents who will win over the voters that Democrats and Republicans are losing by being unequivocally out of touch with the America that lives on the blue-colored highways of a Rand-McNally map.

The only road back from political oblivion may be for both parties to reinvent themselves.

Salena Zito

Salena Zito is a political analyst, reporter and columnist.