Conservatives Develop Liberals’ Havens
From time to time, we’ll discuss among ourselves a theory that certain shifts in states’ political character are the results of liberals’ fleeing from regions that they’ve ruined to regions in which conservative policies have (ahem) done precisely what one would expect them to do. As Froma Harrop recently discovered, New Hampshire is exhibit A:
The question again: Do recent elections here reflect temporary choler at the Republican leadership or a more fundamental shift? The changing demographics don’t bode well for the Grand Old Party.
“There used to be places that would vote Republican no matter how bad a year it was,” Scala said. “Nowadays, those reserves are really depleted.”
Many of the old-time Yankees — the “genealogical Republicans” — are dying off. They are being replaced by fairly liberal retirees from other states. New Hampshire has long attracted blue-collar Republicans, angry over taxes, from Massachusetts. But they are now being outnumbered by an influx of more educated, politically progressive workers to the state’s booming high-tech industries.
The trick, I guess, is to figure out what region conservatives will pick for improvement next. Sadly, I doubt that they’ll consider Rhode Island to be ripe, which is unfortunate: the state would make for a fantastic proof of concept field.