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Last Hurrah of Nixon's 'New Majority'?

IAdmitIAmCrazy Wrote: Aug 28, 2012 7:35 AM
rape and transracial pregnancies, he favored it. Ther fact that Nicon was as anti-gay as he was anti-Semitic, was less due to principles and far more to the prejudices of his time. With minorities constantly growing, the attempt to turn the GOP into the party of whites will lead it into minority status. It might be in the mold of Nixon's Southern strategy which Reagan bought into by launching his 1980 election campaign in Philadelphia, MS but it would bely all its attempts to portray itself as a post-racial party, or Lincoln's GOP of racial integration. Also, it would be blind to the fact that socially, Latinos are quite conservative and would grow much more into GOP territory if people weren't so darnedly fixated on "anti-immigration."

Looking back all the way to America's Civil War, there have been three dominant presidential coalitions.

The first was Abraham Lincoln's. With his war to restore the Union and his martyrdom, Lincoln inaugurated an era of Republican dominance that lasted more than seven decades and saw only two Democratic presidents: Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson.

The second coalition was FDR's, where he and his vice president Harry Truman won five consecutive presidential elections. Only Gen. Eisenhower could break that streak.

The third was Richard Nixon's New Majority, cobbled together after his narrow 1968 victory, where he annexed the...