Getting Ready for Tomorrow: Election and Political Analysis from NDN

There can no longer be any doubt that tomorrow's election will usher in a new era of American political history. Barack Obama is likely to win with the highest vote share of any Democrat since 1964. Democrats will have more ideological control of Congress than at any time since the 1960s. The Republicans and conservatives are out of ideas and politically discredited—more so than at any time since the 1930s. Senator Obama is winning the election with a 21st century coalition that could be the basis of a sustained and durable majority for the Democratic Party, similar to the one FDR built more than 70 years ago. The map Democrats are using to win is a 21st century map, one that looks like no other they've ever used to win before, one that itself is the first great map of the post-southern strategy era of American politics.

To help the NDN family prepare for this historic election, we have assembled the best of our political analysis from the past several years. These pieces cover the main arguments coming from NDN: The end of the conservative ascendancy and the dawn of a "new politics," the emergence of new voting groups like the Millennials and Hispanics, the power that a whole array of new media and technology tools are unleashing into our democracy, and old-fashioned number crunching and analysis on everything from the role of independents, the economy and video in the elections. We've also included some of our analysis from the election of 2006, a day that saw the end of the conservative era, and set the stage for tomorrow's election, which will mark the beginning of a new one.

These are exciting times for those of us in the center-left of American politics. I hope you find this compendium helpful tomorrow and over the next few weeks as we all look to make sense of this truly historic election.

Election and Political Analysis from NDN:

This is the first of a series of essays we will release during the week, looking at this historic election. Check back regularly for updates!


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