In the last decade of the 20th-century, a major shift in American political alignment occurred as a center-left majority elected Bill Clinton to huge victories, and conventional wisdom suggested the U.S. seemed certain to have a Democratic-led presidency for quite some time. The Bush presidency has been somewhat of an aberration, and after 6 years of failed policies, the previous political clout of the GOP cabal, that is, the religious right, business conservatives, and white Southerners is becoming less and less prevalent. After the 2006 defeat, the Republican party has become even less relevant in American politics and will continue to do so for some time.
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