In America, no political party can ever achieve a permanent majority

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

There are numerous reasons why Republicans who think their party’s successes in this year’s midterm elections portend the arrival of a permanent GOP majority are just plain wrong.

For starters, voter turnout this year was the lowest in since 1942. The elections of 2016 will bring a much larger electorate to the polls, and its demographic makeup is likely to be more favorable to the Democratic Party.

Then, too, there’s one overriding factor: American history shows that the fortunes of political parties in this country periodically rise and fall and never allow for a permanent majority.

Megan McArdle (with whom I rarely agree, by the way)  has more on this matter HERE:

There is no such thing as a permanent majority.  Parties are coalitions of disparate groups of voters, and they win by strapping enough different groups together to push themselves across the electoral finish line.  Unfortunately, the broader your coalition, the harder it is to hold together.  Those different groups may have radically different values and interests; satisfying one may end up alienating the other.


Obama did not have the progressive mandate he dreamed of, and if a Republican gets elected in 2016, he won’t have a sweeping conservative mandate either.  The more convinced parties are that they are on the cusp of cementing their power, the more likely their majority is already crumbling.