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1. JVL Is Obviously Appropriate
ThatвЂ™s the joke we now have round the office plus itвЂ™s less about my Inherent Genius than exactly how my inclination is always to use the many pessimistic view of any situation and exactly how the view that is pessimistic down to be correct more often than not.
But I would like to mention one thing I happened to be really incorrect about: the ongoing future of the Republican party.
My working presumption during the last four years had been that Trumpism might be an extinction-level occasion for Republicans and that in TrumpвЂ™s wreckage the GOP will be paid down to a rump celebration with great local power, but truly a minority that is permanent. Such as the California GOP after Pete Wilson.
Wrong, incorrect, wrong.
I am talking about, not totally wrong: The Republican party will be, when it comes to near future, a minority celebration. The GOP will not win a popular vote plurality any time in the future. And also this permanent minority status is basically uncommon in American politics.
Look at this: Starting in 1860, prior to the start of the Civil War, Republicans won the vote that is popular six consecutive elections.
So that itвЂ™s reasonable to express that the Civil War switched the Democrats into a minority that is permanent at the national degree, yes?
Since 1988, the Democrats have actually won the nationwide popular vote in 7 of 8 presidential elections. Without any final end up in sight.
And thus, as a question of national popularity, the Republicans come in a deeper gap than Democrats were after the Civil War today.