For years white Southerners voted Republican or third party in presidential elections and Democratic in congressional and state contests. Now they’re solidly Republican.
For most of the 20th century, New York was a target state in just about every election, and Vermont was the most Republican state in the nation. Now they’re both hugely Democratic.
These are things to keep in mind as the political air swirls with talk of Barack Obama as a Democratic Ronald Reagan annihilating the Republican Party.
Neither of our two political parties is going to be annihilated. Both have suffered far worse defeats than Mitt Romney and the Republicans suffered in 2012.
Both have figured out how to adapt and win over voters who used to vote against them. Or at least to position themselves to win when the other side’s president is seen to have massively failed.