Here are opinions and commentary that explore aspects of the ways shifting demographics are shaping policy and politics.
THE NEXT AMERICA
First Step Toward Any Republican Revival Is Acceptance
Ronald Brownstein, National Journal's editorial director, says the GOP's soul-searching could lead the party to realize that it needs to appeal to a broader range of Americans.
- A Young Republican Looks Forward. Jeb Golinkin, a University of Texas law student, says he, like other young Republicans, will become the face of a very different conservative movement.
- The Return of the Obama Coalition. Demographers Ruy Teixiera and John Halprin say the president's reelection is a nod to a decades-long progressive movement.
America: Love It or Leave It Behind
Salon's Joan Walsh says President Obama can only do so much, asserting that angry older whites must decide to embrace or secede from America's multiracial future.
- After the White Establishment, What's Next? Eric Liu, a former adviser to President Clinton, weighs for Time.com what it really means to be American.
Time for a Path to Citizenship
Norm Coleman, in the Twin City's Pioneer Press, says embracing our rule of law and our immigration heritage can be accomplished simultaneously, for Puerto Ricans and others who believe the U.S. shines the light of liberty and economic opportunity.