“It is a problem for Republicans. As they continue to cater to their culturally conservative rural base, they continue to alienate educated voters. The suburban vote is steadily slipping away, and the party’s trying to ignore it and pretend it’s not happening.”
Rep. Tom Davis, my former congressman. He’s retiring this year, and his Fairfax County seat has been taken over by a Democrat.
See also David Frum, one of the better conservative minds out there, on who lost Fairfax County. It’s rising income inequality and middle class stagnation. Along the same lines, Frum also write here that the GOP needs to move beyond Joe (Sam) the (Not a) Plumber and compete again for college educated middle-class by proving again their trustworthiness on economic issues and chilling with the culture war stuff.