Election Night was intensely painful for me. It is one thing to know in advance what will happen, it is another thing altogether to watch it unfold. As I received confirmation after confirmation that the long-awaited demographic turn in the road had definitively arrived, I found myself fighting against realizing exactly what that means, in all its likely effects.
First, what happened last night?
What happened is the arrival to determinitive status of America's Latino population, which was able to overrule the most solid European-American block vote in the modern era. Today, the New York Times set forth the results of its state-by-state exit polling, including results by ethnicity. It shows the following results as averages for ALL STATES:
White 59% Romney
Black 93% Obama
Latino 71% Obama
Asian 73% Obama
This finding provides solid proof that the American electorate has functionally broken down into the "White Party" and the "Non-White Party," although in all cases except with Blacks there are minor numbers in each block voting differently. Even if you refuse to believe this, despite all evidence, despite the fact that ALL of these racial groups save White are explicitly organized openly on the basis of race and ethnicity, even if you feel strongly that these votes are not primarily motivated by racial interest but by a rational weighing of the national interest, the result is the same: in the United States of America, European-American Whites' decisions about leadership and policy are minority views.
Right-wing dissenters have been saying this was coming for years, but to say it out loud was to be called a racist. Of course, now that the long-awaited tipping point has arrived, it suddenly can be spoken aloud with glowing, slobbering praise. Thus, today's San Francisco Chronicle:
"A demographic tidal wave became a Democratic tidal wave as President Obama won a tight but decisive re-election victory Tuesday with the help of record-breaking support from Hispanic voters, massive turnout from African Americans and continuing enthusiasm from young Americans.
"Although Republican nominee Mitt Romney won a larger share of the white vote than any presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan scored a landslide re-election victory in 1984, the former Massachusetts governor ended up a loser at the polls because of the racial, ethnic and generational changes that have altered the U.S. electoral landscape."
NOW they tell us. Did. Not. See. That. Coming.
Okay, it's a done deal. So, second, now what?
The level of unease and distress that will now accompany White political discourse, while a significant development, is not enough yet to overturn decades of ideological indoctrination. Expect the Republican Party to pander even more to non-Whites in an attempt to become competitive again. A non-entity with a Latino name, like Senator Rubio, will probably be the next hapless sacrifice.
By the next Presidential election, Texas will occupy the slot California now does: so solid Blue that there is no point of any campaigning there and unspoken of even though it provides a huge number of electoral votes.
And quietly at first, but picking up steam as European-Americans are tax farmed, subject to capital controls, surveilled overseas for possible asset-hiding, as crime creeps back up, as everything seems to begin to crumble, literally and figuratively, as the government becomes even more openly corrupt as it is today, as more and more men realize the ballot box is no answer, well....
Well, just look at the election-night map: the second crisis of secession is coming.