Does the Tea Party hear footsteps?

I’ve long believed that that the Tea Party movement’s fervor has more to do with sustaining the  Old (White) Boys Network than it does with cutting federal spending.

Now an article in the Economist suggests the country’s rapidly expanding racial and ethnic diversity could make the Right’s resurgence short-lived.  It analyzed the 2010 census and found that:

America’s transformation into a much browner, more suburban, more southern and western place is rapid and relentless. Over the past decade America’s population has grown by 9.7%, to 309 [million]. Minorities accounted for 92% of that growth. (emphasis added).

That number doesn’t bode well for Michele Bachmann and Company.  Consider this: While the latest Gallup polls show Americans more or less equally divided in their preference for Democrats and Republicans, that is not true of African-American or Hispanic voters.  Shortly before the last election, Gallup found,  38 percent of white voters leaned Democratic while 58 percent of non-white voters leaned Democratic.

So what does the future hold?   Analyzing the data, the Economist noted that Bill Frey of the Brookings Institution had told it that whites “are older, have fewer children anyway and make up a relatively small proportion of immigrants, so their share of the population is destined to go on falling.”

And as it falls, the Tea Party likely will get shriller and shriller.



About jerrylanson

I teach, write, coach and sing, though you're not required to listen to the latter. I'm a journalism professor at Emerson College in Boston. My third book, "Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves," was published in November by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. You can read a sample chapter at My passions are politics (generally liberal in outlook), music, mountains, golden retrievers and my grandchildren, though not in that order. Please stop by and mix it up with me. I always answer those who post.
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