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Bridging the Red State-Blue State divide

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Post-election America is healing after bruising campaigns that left the country feeling deeply divided. The presidential race and the November 6 outcome are evidence of major shifts in the makeup of the electorate – the results show that the voting population is transforming, and so are the ideals that drive the nation. “It is a big problem and unfortunately it’s not a new problem in the United States where partisan political differences have often mapped onto differences between regional cultures and ethnic subcultures," says Matt Lind, co-founder of the New America Foundation. 

Republican upsets across the board and gross miscalculations between polls and actual outcomes seemed like the result of willful ignorance from the conservative right. Pundits and media across party lines are asking if the GOP is deluding themselves about who votes and what they vote for. “A lot of the partisanship comes from kind of superficial elements of culture and lifestyle," Lind cites, "which excite bigotry or snobbery in outsiders but which have nothing to do with principles."

Meanwhile, as the Democratic Senate, Democratic President, and Republican House negotiate partisan leadership over a bipartisan electorate, both parties are adapting to changes in popular opinion. The GOP in particular is reevaluating their platform in the wake of this year’s losses.


Michael Lind, co-founder, new America Foundation; Author, "Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States"