America is heading toward its third great political realignment

Source: The Hill
by William Moloney

“In the United States there have been just two great political realignments, both of them occasioned by immense and catastrophic events that reached into every corner of the republic and fundamentally changed how people thought about politics and the very character of the Great American Democracy. The first was the Civil War (1861-1865) …. The second great catastrophe leading to political realignment was the Great Depression …. It is evident that there is a great deal of party-switching going on today, mainly benefitting Republicans …. Many Democrats comfort themselves by viewing these shifts as temporary and thinking of them in the context of the well-known pattern of voters less bonded to their usual party affiliation, who routinely punish the party of the White House incumbent whose policies they find disappointing.” (08/02/22)