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Is the Electorate Moving to the Right? Ruy Teixeira says no.


by Ed Kilgore

According to one major narrative of the 2010 election, the key to Democrats setbacks was the fact that they "lost the independents." The election supposedly confirmed that these voters had rejected Obama's agenda, become more conservative and turned to the Republicans.

In this perspective, independent voters are invariably pictured as thoughtful and cautious political moderates, fearful of excessive government and seeking a "sensible center" between Democrats and Republicans. Here is how David Brooks described them last January: ...

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