The Real Majorities Finally Get Counted

It's different now, isn't it?

John McCain has chosen Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, and the election that had been presented as old vs. new suddenly feels like new vs. new:

Whichever ticket wins, America is now guaranteed "a historic first" in the White House.

On Inauguration Day 2009, the symbol finally will catch up to the statistical reality of this democracy.

White men historically have been the power demographic. The lawmakers, the power players, the default box in drop-down menus asking about sex and race.

That may be why, somewhere along the line, white men got the designation "majority," though in fact they really weren't. At the moment, they seem to be hovering at less than a third of the overall population.

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