National Journal's Ron Brownstein breaks down the congressional map into four quadrants -- "districts that have high levels of racial minorities and high levels of educated whites; districts with high minority levels and low levels of white education; districts that have low minority levels and high white education levels; and districts with low minority levels and low white education."
"The Democrats' strongest turf brings together their two demographic strengths: racial minorities and well-educated whites. These high-minority, high-education districts, most of them located along the East and West coasts, represent just over one-fourth of the House, 113 seats in all. Democrats dominate these districts in every way. In the House, they hold 84 of them (just under three-quarters). In 2008, Obama carried more than four-fifths of these seats, while winning a commanding 64 percent of their cumulative popular vote… The next-best quadrant for Democrats is the high-minority, low-education group, which comprises 92 seats, just over one-fifth of the House. Democrats hold almost exactly two-thirds of these districts. Obama won just over three-fifths of them, capturing 56 percent of their vote."
More: "Democrats also hold the edge in the next quadrant of seats: those with few minorities but an above-average percentage of white college grads… In each of the first three quadrants, Republicans are now a distinct minority of House members. But they maintain a solid edge in the fourth: districts with very few nonwhite voters and a below-average percentage of college-educated whites. This 'low-low' group remains the largest of the four, with 155 seats. Republicans hold 89 of them, nearly three-fifths. In 2008, McCain did even better: He won 72 percent of them and a cumulative 54 percent of their vote… Republicans from low-low areas dominate their party's caucus, representing half of its seats. Each of the other three groups contributes just one-sixth of GOP conference members."
Is this really news? We see them with the crazy and untrue misspelled signs and the aggressive mien at town halls. They will drive this country into second spot with their voting choices. Its not wrong being low educated and white - it just happens that they are a significant chunk since whites make up most of the country and the rest of us educated one can not pull them along with reasons.
Now watch as their heads spin and they let loose their arguments on the Obama being a socialist (that bails out the banks) and the constitution being violated but unable to say clearly and exactly what socialism is and which article of the constitution has been violated.
(In case it wasnt clear - the lost decade is the 8 year of Bush + the 2 years of Obama to fix it during which we went from surpluses and was reducing our decicit at its start to rising deficits at its end, recorded no gains in our incomes, ended up with net job losses, saw no gains in net equity measured through the stock markets, and lost productivity and our export base, doubled our deficit and ended with a crashed economy)