I wish I could be so sanguine. This time the political planets have aligned (or is it maligned) with both houses republican and a supreme court ready for neocon implantation, we're in for some major changes despite the slim margin of popular vote for Bush.
I suppose I can stand another 10-20 years of neo-conservative domestic and foreign policy, though I do not relish the emerging police state aspects.
I wonder how much of the conservative trend of the last twenty years has been the result of the massive population relocation caused by economic malaise? The dyaspora of the liberals diffused their effectiveness perhaps?
I think that economic circumstances have concentrated people with liberal tendencies into the coastal areas, as you suggest. It's not so much a diffusion as it has been what we call 'gettering' in solid state physics, deliberately concentrating all of the minority particles into a few small areas.
I may have told you this before. Most of the people who work in space based astronomy here aren't originally from Maryland. They're from the midwest and the southwest. Almost all of them are Democrats. Now that's good for Maryland, but it's not like Maryland really needs any more Democrats. I imagine you'd find similar population distributions at NASA Ames and at JPL.