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October 28, 2014 / needhamgrassroots

The Great Midterm Divide – Ronald Brownstein – The Atlantic

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Democrats have become increasingly reliant on precisely the groups most likely to sit out midterms, while Republicans score best among those most likely to show up.The consequences of these shifts are so profound that political analysts increasingly talk about two American electorates: the one that picks presidents and has awarded Democrats the popular vote in five of the past six presidential races and the one that determines midterms which have usually favored Republicans since 1994.


Regardless of what happens next, the turnout gap has already contributed to the whiplash nature of modern politics, with voters careening back and forth between the two parties. This instability has encouraged both sides to treat every legislative choice primarily as an opportunity to score points for the next election. Oscillation, in other words, has encouraged polarization.
via The Great Midterm Divide – Ronald Brownstein – The Atlantic.

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