Brooksie chimes in on the idea that the Dems are wandering the political wilderness because they lost the "Sam Alito" types, you know, the white ethnics.
Well, I don't know. The Sam Alito's of Trenton (my hometown) might have been voting Dem when they were younger, back in America's "Golden Age", before desegregation, but the Dems, if memory serves me correctly, were also getting smoked election after election in NJ during that time, too. Jersey was a nice, red, Republican state for decades.
Not no more.
Republican Dewey won the state in 1948, Ike both times he ran in 1952 and 1956. Kennedy and then Johnson carried the state for the Dems in 1960 and 1964, but from 1968 to 1988, the Republican standard bearer won the state, with votes closely paralleling that of the nation as a whole. Dems have won it ever since, by 7 points in 2004, when that "liberal" Kerry ran.
And oh, the governor is a Dem as are the state's two U.S. senators, and as is the state legislature.
Maybe the Dems have lost their "Alito's" to the Republicans in NJ, but they're winning anyway.