What?! The UNITED States of America? Who said?
Try these numbers on for size:
— 55% of women voted for Obama; only 44% for Romney
— 59% of whites voted for Romney; only 39% for Obama
— 71% of Latinos voted for Obama; only 27% for Romney
— 76% of gay, lesbian and bisexuals voted for Obama; only 22 % for Romney
— 60% of those aged 18-29 voted for Obama; only 37% for Romney
— 56% of those aged 65 and older voted for Romney; only 44% for Obama
— As to those voters who never attend any church of any kind, well, 62% of them preferred Obama; a mere 34% opted for Romney.
Let’s get real here. For all the soaring rhetoric about uniting the American people, the truth is this election confirmed the conventional wisdom. Americans are a people divided. Not hopelessly, irrevocably split – but seriously split.
For Obama this means he’s got his work cut out for him – so what else is new?
Here’s what’s new: a visceral sense of how deep the hole in which is mired the Republican Party. The seriously skewed Latino vote will necessarily give pause. But it’s that 18-29 year old demographic that presents Republicans with their greatest challenge. Unless they adapt to attract the young, their party will wither at the national level..