During the Colorado legislative session just passed and during the midterm elections last year, state Republicans embraced Arizona-style anti-illegal immigration policy proposals and harsh rhetoric that alienated Coloradans, including non-white Republican politicians and supporters and, perhaps most dramatically, Latino Republicans. Analysts called that kind of politics a sort of longterm suicide mission given the shifting demographics of the state. An internet map of the country put out today by PolicyLink brings the point home. In the decades visualized by the map– 1990 to 2040– the population of the American southwest, including Colorado, transforms.
Colorado lawmakers failed to complete a congressional redistricting map this session. The courts now have to draw the lines. If the PolicyLink “America’s Tomorrow” map is accurate– and there’s no reason to believe it’s not– Colorado semi-swing districts 3 and 4 will see dramatic demographic change in the next two decades and beyond. If GOP politics don’t significantly evolve soon, those districts, even as they’re drawn right now, will be the Democrats’ to lose.