New political reality: Indies no longer decide national elections

In fact, the idea of an "independent" voter who switches allegiances from election to election is pretty much by the boards. Romney carried independents by a healthy margin in 5 of the 8 toss-up states and yet lost them all to Obama's turn out machine. Politico: Strategists in both parties now believe that the Romney campaign and the GOP in general completely missed a significant new reality: Many voters who chose to remain unaffiliated with either party are no longer shifting their allegiance from election to election, candidate to candidate. Instead, they are becoming increasingly partisan and predictable. That means that in order to win, each party must be far more ambitious in cementing its base - as Team Obama did - to win elections. In fact, three weeks after the election, a shell-shocked senior Romney aide conceded: "We always said if we were winning independents in Ohio, we would win Ohio because that's just the way it always was," Romney political director...(Read Full Post)