Don’t buy the mainstream media noise Here’s why census data likely better for Democrats

Don't buy the mainstream media noise Here's why census data likely better for Democrats

Matthew Dowd analyzes the Census and concludes with something I agree with. While the noise on the mainstream media is that it is a net loss for Democrats, I believe the converse is true.

Matthew Dowd correct about census

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It was refreshing listening to Matthew Dowd as he assessed what the 2020 Census really means. When I saw the top line my first interpretation was positive. It was not that three blue states were losing seats but that some red states were becoming less red.

Gerrymandering is real. At the same time, states like Texas could indeed try to engineer their two new districts to give it an easier likelihood that they would be Democratic. But as they dilute other areas, as they must, good candidates, good campaigns, and the reality of people needs can swing the pendulum as it already has in several Texas districts like the one won by Lizzie Fletcher.

“To me, Texas is the best the best view of where the country is headed,” Matthew Dowd said. “As soon as Texas shifts, which is going to happen in the next election or two, to a purple state and then ultimately Texas will become a blue state because of the demographics and what’s going on in the suburbs, it fundamentally changes the nature of the country’s politics because the Republicans have guaranteed themselves or counted on those electoral votes.”

Then Dowd provides the appropriate rationale after pointing out that there is a lot of noise that comes out of the mainstream media.

“23 million Americans were added in population from 2010 to 2020,” Dowd pointed out. “More than 90% of those 23 million Americans that were added are non-white. It’s going to be either the smallest or the first time whites have dropped in population in our country. And so, I take a different view of the census data. I don’t think it’s a net gain for the Republicans in this. They’re going to lose a seat in West Virginia. They’re going to lose a seat in New York. They’re going to lose a seat in Illinois. That’s net three down. That means they have to gain four more from the other states, and all of the population growth is among African-Americans, Asian voters, Latino voters, and people of mixed race. All of the population growth is of non-white voters and especially true in Texas.”

Now, if those of us on the left side of the ledger stop being a bit fearful and timid and become aggressive in pushing policies we know people want, we will activate those voters. As an example, here in Texas, I am appalled that I do not hear Democratic politicians saying, “Republicans are murdering Texans as they deny them care every Texas is paying for as they stubbornly refuse the Medicaid Expansion to the Affordable Care Act.” Texas is the state with the highest uninsured and uninsured rate.

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  • April 28, 2021
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