For decades, American politics has been plagued by a breakdown between the Democratic and Republican parties, in which victory has inevitably led to defeat and vice versa. Both parties have lost sight of the people at the center of the American electorate, leading to polarization and paralysis. In Where Have All the Democrats Gone?, John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira reveal the tectonic changes shaping the country's current political landscape that both pundits and political scientists have missed.
The Democratic Party, once the preserve of small towns as well as big cities and of the industrial working class and the newly immigrated, has abandoned and even actively alienated many of these voters. In this clarion call and essential argument for common sense and common ground, Judis and Teixeira reveal the transformation of American politics and provide a razor-sharp critique of where the Democrats have gone awry and how they can avoid political disaster in the days ahead.
John B. Judis serves as editor at large at Talking Points Memo. Previously, Judis worked as a senior writer at the National Journal and a senior editor at The New Republic. His books include The Emerging Democratic Majority, which he cowrote with Ruy Teixeira, as well as The Populist Explosion, The Folly of Empire, and more. Judis received his BA and MA degrees in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ruy Teixeira is a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, politics editor of The Liberal Patriot newsletter and a contributing columnist at the Washington Post. He is the coauthor of The Emerging Democratic Majority and America's Forgotten Majority, as well as the author of The Optimistic Left, among other titles. Teixeira holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Judis and Teixeira will be in conversation with Megan McArdle. Megan McArdle is a columnist at the Washington Post, where her work covers the intersection of business, economics, and public policy. She is also the author of The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well is the Key to Success.