When the 113th Congress convenes in January of 2013, 30% of the Democratic caucus will be from California and New York. This may not seem like a striking percentage, but just as 'Republican' has begun to connote a rich, white male Southerner in recent history, those who label themselves as Democrats may also begin to find themselves trapped in a corner. The question is whether or not it's a corner we'd like to be found in.
While the Republican Party will be whiter and more male in 2013, the Democratic Party will be majority female and minority, creating what seems to be a straight shot to Congress's creeping towards a more reflective representation of the country. Seeing as there are more women than men in the United States, and an ever-growing racial minority population, it seems only fitting that both women and minorities make up a larger chunk of Congress.
Instead of focusing on the evident change in the Democratic caucus, we should be more concerned with how the Republican numbers highlight an alarming kind of extremism.
While the fear of regionalizing is relevant — New York and California are culturally similar states, whose policy trends can isolate Democrats in the heartland — it is difficult to blame a state because of its geography and its demographics. New York and California are two of the most densely populated states, and they have the right to more representation in our governmental systems.
After all, a corner is only a corner is most of the country doesn't want to be in it.