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GOP Plants Flag on New Voting Frontier
LA Times ^ | Mon Nov 22 2004, 7:55 AM ET | Ronald Brownstein and Richard Rainey, with contributions by Kathleen Hennessey

Posted on 11/23/2004 11:52:29 AM PST by SunkenCiv

In this month's election, President Bush carried 97 of the nation's 100 fastest-growing counties, most of them "exurban" communities that are rapidly transforming farmland into subdivisions and shopping malls on the periphery of major metropolitan areas. Together, these fast-growing communities provided Bush a punishing 1.72 million vote advantage over Democrat John F. Kerry, according to a Times analysis of election results. That was almost half the president's total margin of victory... In states like Ohio, Minnesota and Virginia, Republican strength in these outer suburbs is offsetting Democratic gains over the last decade in more established — and often more affluent — inner-tier suburbs. As Democrats analyze a demoralizing defeat in this month's presidential election, one key question they face is whether they can reduce the expanding Republican advantage on the new frontier between suburbs and countryside... Stretched across 30 states, these counties grew cumulatively over that period by more than 16%, reaching a total population of 15.9 million. These are places defined more by aspiration than accumulation, filled more with families starting out than with those that have already reached their earnings peak... "The fastest-growing segment of our population is 2 and under," Delaware County GOP leader Teri Morgan said... In a handful of these counties, officials are still finalizing their vote tallies. But based on virtually complete totals for the 100 counties, Bush took 70% or more of the vote in 40 of them, and 60% or more in 70 of them. In all, Bush won 63% of the votes cast in these 100 counties.

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TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties; Polls; State and Local; U.S. Congress; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: demographics; demography; demographyisdestiny; napalminthemorning; partyofthehindparts
...meanwhile, twentysomething Dims watch "The Apprentice" and other "reality" TV shows, as older Dims watch Jerry Springer and Maury Povich.

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1 posted on 11/23/2004 11:52:29 AM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: blam; Ernest_at_the_Beach; FairOpinion; ValerieUSA
2 posted on 11/23/2004 11:52:54 AM PST by SunkenCiv ("All I have seen teaches me trust the Creator for all I have not seen." -- Emerson)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks for posting the article......

3 posted on 11/23/2004 11:54:57 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: SunkenCiv
"The fastest-growing segment of our population is 2 and under"


4 posted on 11/23/2004 2:42:44 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
"The fastest-growing segment of our population is 2 and under"

Ever bought clothes for a two year old? Those little guys grow like weeds. :)

5 posted on 11/23/2004 7:07:25 PM PST by anymouse
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To: blam; anymouse

Yeah, what anymouse said... I think the 2 year old observation is a hopeful view of the future, in which the new voters of the election of 2020 are going to be predominantly Republican. We're in one of those periods where the previously dominant party has bled itself, as when the Whigs fell apart, and later the Dims split (election of 1860), and still later the Pubbies (election of 1912; although there were four candidates that year, so both votes were diluted; TR I believe actually beat Taft, but Wilson had the greatest plurality; just to be on the safe side, Wilson arrested and jailed his Socialist opponent, Eugene V. Debs) who recovered in 1920.

Unfortunately, the party offered three different presidential candidates in the four elections from 1920 to 1932, which showed internal turmoil, and embraced the crazed and glazed fanatics (women who demanded Prohibition and Emancipation; isolationism and economic protectionism). Such an embrace is mirrored by the Dims since 1968 -- abortion on demand, trampling the flag, slandering veterans, calling for unilateral disarmament and surrendering national sovereignty...

In the 1964 election, LBJ picked a liberal running mate in order to line up the votes to reject the renegade delegation from Mississippi (a delegation which happened to be black), waved the bloody shirt (JFK's assassination), won by a landslide, and pulled in a huge majority in both houses of Congress. He enacted civil rights legislation, called for a so-called Great Society, pushed the space program, and simultaneously engineered the Tonkin Gulf Resolution. Vietnam ate the US budget and made the peacetime deficit balloon -- and ultimately cost LBJ a second full term.

Nixon won in 1968 by a slim margin, only slightly fatter than JFK's slim margin in 1960. Nixon had attended the raucous 1964 "Goldwater" convention, but his tranformation from a washed-up ex-politician to the President of the United States was remarkable (still is). LBJ's presidency was broadly ambitious, but turned out to be a miserable failure and (other than civil rights and the Moon landings) a dark legacy the US still struggles to overcome.

Nixon's narrow victory and lack of support in the Congress makes his performance as chief executive all the more amazing. He managed to extricate the US from Vietnam -- a debacle, a fiasco, handed over fully formed -- after cancelling college deferments and bombing North Vietnam into negotiations. He opened China and with Mao issued the Shanghai Communique. During the darkest days of Watergate, he sent "everything that will fly" to support Israel in the October 1973 war and the US outlifted the USSR, which had a very much shorter (and less hostile) distance to fly. The diplomatic activity surrounding the Yom Kippur War helped Sec of State Kissinger pry Egypt loose from Soviet influence, led to the Egypt-Israel peace treaty, and reduced Soviet influence in the region.

In 1972 the "anti-war" (pro-war, pro-single party state, pro-Soviet) Left had taken over the Democratic Party -- at the convention that year even my consistently Dem parents were appalled by the "Democrats Abroad" delegation. Nixon won 49 out of the 50 states, losing only Massachusetts and the DC. But for cooler heads among his inner circle, he might never have self-destructed with the break-ins (Ellsberg, Watergate). Without the impeachment, it is unlikely that Nixon's successor would have taken office before 1977.

6 posted on 11/23/2004 11:37:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv ("All I have seen teaches me trust the Creator for all I have not seen." -- Emerson)
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To: The Right Is Wrong
Methinks you made a wrong turn on your way to DU.

Kerry lost; no recount or conspiracy theory gnashing of teeth temper tantrum is gonna change it. Get over it.

Enjoy your (short) stay here, troll.

8 posted on 11/26/2004 10:22:49 PM PST by Morgan's Raider
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Face it, troll. Gays, lesbians and the unmarried die off, some sooner than others. Married couples with children live longer and most of those children are being raised as Christians. The more conservative Christians have the most children, recognizing that they are a "heritage from the Lord," as the Bible says. It's a good thing too, because the Muslims in the US are growing at almost 7% per year. In case you haven't heard, they are a lot less liberal in their lifestyle opinions than Christians are. There are none so blind as they who will not see....

9 posted on 11/26/2004 10:36:10 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: The Right Is Wrong

Just when I thought that troll IQ couldn't drop any lower...

12 posted on 11/27/2004 9:02:09 AM PST by SunkenCiv ("All I have seen teaches me trust the Creator for all I have not seen." -- Emerson)
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To: SunkenCiv
Delaware County, Ohio's fastest-growing area, is absorbing a torrent of families leaving apartments and townhouses in Columbus for big kitchens and their first backyards. New homes are sprouting on land that grew soybeans and wheat not long ago.

This has a 50's ring to it when the WWII vets were getting married, buying homes and starting the baby boom. The country was strongly conservative then, also.

13 posted on 12/01/2004 8:52:22 AM PST by cowboyway (My Hero's have always been cowboys.)
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And US growth was not all homegrown then, either. The US absorbed lots of postwar immigrants. Since circa 1970, when I first read that the US population crossed the 200 million line, US population has risen to about 300 million. And a sizable minority of those alive in 1970 are no longer alive. Despite the fact that the average age has risen since then, there are plenty of kids around, and the pendulum has swung back a bit toward English-speaking households having a more traditional flavor.

14 posted on 12/01/2004 9:30:14 AM PST by SunkenCiv ("All I have seen teaches me trust the Creator for all I have not seen." -- Emerson)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks, you never mentioned my shameful duplication (':

GOP Plants Flag on New Voting Frontier
Los Angeles Times | November 22, 2004 | Ronald Brownstein and Richard Rainey, Times Staff Writers
Posted on 11/22/2004 9:23:16 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

15 posted on 10/28/2006 10:27:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Dhimmicrati delenda est!
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