By Alan Pell Crawford
If Chris Matthews or Sean Hannity were hosting a cable TV show back in 1924—bear with me now—either one of them would know for a certainty three things about the Democratic Party.
African Americans would never join up with a party that had just deadlocked its convention over whether to condemn the Ku Klux Klan, the Democrats would always have a base in the “Solid South,” and the party was absolutely doomed because New York alone gave Republicans one-third of the electoral votes of the entire combined South.
So says Sean Trende, senior elections analyst for RealClearPolitics, talking to In These Times, a left-of-center magazine of news and opinion. Trende has just published a thoughtful book, The Lost Majority, which points to any number of examples like the one above to show that much of what political observers take for granted about the future of American politics is nonsense.