An Emerging Republican Majority?
By the time Al Gore conceded the presidency to George W Bush in December 2000, there was widespread agreement that the razor-close election they had just fought, and the fractious litigation that followed it, had exposed a disturbingly deep fissure in our national politics. In newspapers and magazines and on television, brightly colored maps showed a country divided almost exactly in half into red (Republican) and blue (Democratic) voting patterns. “There are now two distinct Americas,” proclaimed Business Week in a typical cover story, “split along geographic, social, religious, and racial lines.” So disparate were the tastes and attitudes of the people inhabiting those two different Americas, the story continued, as to “de- mand entirely different things from government.”
About the Author
Daniel Casse is a senior director of the White House Writers Group, a Washington, D.C. communications firm.