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November 07, 2006

Republicans Say: House Lost, Dems Pick Up 20 Or Even 30+ Seats

Well, the toothpaste is out of the tube now.

Nancy Johnson falls.

I thought this might be a realignment election, though I didn't say so. A realignment in this way: People will, at the national level, stop just voting "for the person, not the party." What does it matter if Nancy Johnson is a multi-term incumbent if she votes contrary to your basic ideology?

In the south, voters finally wised up and stopped voting for Democrats, by and large, just because they had traditionally done so. They began voting their basic ideology -- and gave Republicans control of the House.

What we're seeing now is the liberals smartening up, ten years later. Now it seems northeastern liberals aren't voting for the candidate, just the liberal party that represents their liberal views, and are purging all the semi-anachronistic Republicans from the liberal northeast.

The liberal parts of Ohio will do the same-- they also have corruption issue to compel them in that direction.

We are in the last stages of a move towards ideological purity in the parties -- don't bother running as a "liberal Republican" in the northeast anymore, they can get the real deal with a Democrat -- and nearly pure ideological purity in the federal representation of entire regions of the country. No longer will there be Democrats in the south (except for in black or Histpanic areas or cities), and no longer will there be Republicans in the north (except in rural or traditionalist blue-collar areas).

In a way, I suppose it makes more sense this way. But the nation is accelerating in its hardening towards ideological segregation, by party and by entire region.

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