As with all elections, this one demonstrated glimpses into America’s future:
• Every month, 50,000 Latino-Americans turn 18, voting age, and they do vote.
• The African-American population continues to grow in urban areas and struggles to thrive, vote, and demand more seats at the table.
• Women will decide women’s issues, not old white men, especially old white men clad in the robes of religious authority.
• When The Money tries to buy the government, American voters are still independent enough to turn it back, and endless smear ads are causing unintended reactions.
• The tea party is filled with a diminishing number of people from old demographic groups who have one thing in common: clinging to an America in which they once prospered but an America which no longer exists. It will not end suddenly, but it will fade noticeably with each passing election. Nationally, the new Republican Party has yet to define itself.
• Maricopa County, Arizona, is still the home of a Republican political machine. It is a conduit for out-of-state money, willing to ignore the corruption of its core members, and a last bastion for shrinking tea party demographics. As the TP fades from national significance, its fossilized remains will still be found in Arizona.