One Trend in This Election Could Be a Game-Changer

Latino 'surge is real, and it's big'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2016 9:48 AM CST
One Trend in This Election Could Be a Game-Changer
A sign in Spanish which translates, "Don't Lose Your Voice, Vote!" is displayed near a polling place in a Cardenas supermarket in Las Vegas on Friday.   (AP Photo/John Locher)

(Newser) – With the big day upon us, a sampling of opinion pieces making the rounds:

  • A long-forecast surge in Hispanic voters seems to have finally arrived this year, and it could have long-lasting implications. "The surge is real, and it's large," writes Nate Cohn in the New York Times. In fact, "pundits may be missing this election's biggest surprise," reads a headline on an assessment by Heather Digby Parton at Salon.
  • "Covering Hillary Clinton raised the fascinating question of what feminism means for millennial women, many of whom have been singularly unenthused by the prospect of a first female president," writes Nick Bryant in a wide-ranging analysis of the year, from a foreigner's perspective, at the BBC.

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  • Win or lose, Democrats face a big identity crisis after the election, writes Cathleen Decker at the Los Angeles Times. "The coming redefinition echoes battles in the 1980s between establishment Democrats and younger, more liberal ones."
  • Ignore the prophecies about the destruction of the GOP if Donald Trump loses big, writes Adam Freelander at Quartz. In fact, it could make the party stronger. Trump won the nomination "even though (or more likely because) he was the sole candidate to depart from party orthodoxy on taxes, abortion, and gay rights. ... If Trump’s candidacy leads to a loosening of orthodoxy in the party, it’ll make it easier, not harder, for Republican candidates to win future races."
  • Sam Stein at the Huffington Post thinks Trump has changed American politics for the worse in lasting ways. Among other things, lies big and small are now taken for granted. He lays his reasons out here.
  • Millions of Trump supporters are being unfairly demonized, writes Dan McLaughlin at the National Review. "For more than a few conservatives, the risks of Trump outweigh the certainties of Hillary. That's not irrational."
  • An editorial at the New York Times assesses what the election year has taught us, including: "The media enable extreme candidates and the parties are too fragile to stop them."
(Read more Election 2016 stories.)

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