You think Democrats have problems? Look at the GOP.

You think Democrats have problems? Look at the GOP.

A supporter of President Trump arrives at a "Stop the Steal" protest at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center in Phoenix on Thursday. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters) Never have I seen a winning party — let alone one that just notched a historic presidential victory — afflicted with so much self-doubt. But then, we have to remember that Democrats are held to a different standard than Republicans. Sure, Democrats have troubles in rural areas, face a Senate and electoral college disadvantage (given the disproportionate weight afforded to thinly populated, mostly White red states) and wildly missed the mark on down-ballot races. But that is nothing compared with Republicans’ travails. (By the way, both parties are flying blind due to unreliable polling.) Here are a few serious issues for Republicans. First, there are only so many people in rural America, and the number is going down. Pew Research found in 2018: “According to a Pew Research Center analysis of census data, since 2000, U.S. urban and suburban populations have grown at least as much as they did over the prior decade. But the total rural population has grown less than it did in the 1990s. … As a result, a somewhat smaller share of Americans now live in rural counties (14% vs. 16% in 2000).” As with other shrinking demographic groups on which Republicans are dependent, dominating the rural vote alone won’t be enough to sustain Republicans. For example, people who frequently attend religious services slid from 33 percent in 2016 […]

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