It’s become something of an article of faith among the Left that Kerry lost due to homophobic social conservatives voting for Bush because they oppose gay marriage for no good reason. The fact that they lost ground in the House and Senate, and in many state races as well, doesn’t seem to register.
Now we see this compilation on Real Clear Politics (via Instapundit) that shows that Bush gained in the percentage of the vote he received in every single state! Nowhere did Kerry increase the Democratic percentage of the vote.
Perhaps of more interest to those obsessed with the blue-red divide, Bush’s biggest percentage gains occurred in Blue states:
Rhode Island: +7.0
Other blue states returned surprising increases as well:
New York: +5.3
New Jersey: +6.2
So even in states which Kerry won, the margin of Democratic victory decreased, sometimes sharply, compared to 2000. If, and that’s a big if, these trends continue in 2008, the Democrats face a loss in a dramatic landslide.
The Left in America needs to understand that they have a fundamental problem. It is they, not the Right, who are heavily dependent on voters choosing them due to social issues. Younger voters support the Left almost purely due to social issues like abortion and gay rights. Younger voters reject leftist 20th-century solutions for a broad range of issues like medical care, trade, national security and Social Security. If forced to run purely on those issues the Left would get creamed. Only among older voters who remember the New Deal and the Great Society does the Left perform better on economic or management issues. The young and middle-aged don’t trust the Left’s centralized hierarchal solutions anymore.
The more the Left ignores this problem, the worse it will be for them at the polls, as those older voters whose world view was stamped in the Left’s glory days of the mid-20th century die off. Social issues will keep the younger voters for only so long. Eventually, they will trade social issues for economic ones.