Michael Barone has taken the time to define what it is to be normal in America:
This is similar but not identical to a point I’ve often made: that the Republican Party is the party of people who are considered, by themselves and by others, as normal Americans—Northern white Protestants in the 19th century, married white Christians more recently—while the Democratic Party is the party of the out groups who are in some sense seen, by themselves and by others, as not normal—white Southerners and Catholic immigrants in the 19thcentury, blacks and white seculars more recently. Thus it’s natural for the Democrats to be more fissiparous.
Married white Christians, eh? If we're paying attention to divorce records in Alabama then it should be re-married white Christians. Sadly for Barone this isn't breaking new ground. Republicans have been telling themselves and anyone who will listen for quite a long time that they are the patriotic protectors of Real Americans who believe in god and Applebee's, while warning against the black, Jewish, communist, homosexual hippies who like to spend lazy Wednesdays translating Italian poetry. Defining normalcy as Barone does is the soft practice of bigotry, which doubles as a nice marketing ploy favored by the GOP. But parochialism of this nature is for the intellectually callow (ie.Sarah Palin supporters). The bad news for Barone and the other conservative definers of normalcy (insert Larry Craig joke here) is that demographics are working against them - and Barack Hussein Obama is president. (Is Obama normal, Barone?) Too bad, because pretty soon the plain-bellied Sneetches will outnumber the "normal" Sneetches who have stars upon thars. So if Barone - like many in the GOP base - wants to continue to differentiate between political parties based on race and religion, he should absolutely do so. I'm sure Latinos and blacks and gays would love to hear more about the GOP's ideas on what it is to be normal.
Oh and Barone, your party is being run by people who have no idea what 'fissiparous' means and who would belittle anyone that might decide to look it up in the dictionary. Noodle that.