Generation Gap: Blue Democrats lost red America back in 1965

DANIEL HENNINGER Friday, November 5, 2004 12:01 a.m. EST

And you tell me over, and over, and over again my friend
Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.
–Vietnam War Protest Song, 1965

How did the 2004 election map of the United States come to look like a color-field painting by Barnett Newman? In fact, if you adjust the map’s colors for votes by county (as at the Web sites for CNN and USA Today), even the blue states turn mostly red. Pennsylvania is blue, but between blue Philadelphia and Pittsburgh every county in the state is red. California, except for the coastline, is almost entirely red.

This didn’t happen last Tuesday. The color-coding of the 2004 election began around 1965 in the politics of the Vietnam era. The Democratic Party today is the product of a generational shift that began in those years.

Read the entire article on the Wall Street Journal Online.

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