Birth rates are lower today than they were back in the 1950s. The post WW2 period gave us Eisenhower, East Berlin, Marilyn Monroe, rock and roll and the famous baby boom. Many of us were added to the world's population because of the baby boom, i.e. anyone born between the end of the war and '64. (Clinton and GWBush are the first first baby boom presidents, both born in '46)
Today, there is a new reality in the world. It is low birth rates, i.e. not enough babies in the industrialized world!
In Europe, it is a continental problem. At present trends, large chunks of white Europe will simply get old and fade away. In the US, there is a problem too but it is more red vs blue.
What do blue Seattle, San Francisco and Portland have in common? No babies or children!
What do red Texas, Nevada and Florida have in common? Lots of suburbs and babies!
The NYTimes wrote an extensive story about this:
"San Francisco...had the lowest percentage of people under 18 of any large city in the nation, 14.5 percent, compared with 25.7 percent nationwide, the 2000 census reported. Seattle, where there are more dogs than children, was a close second."
In fact, as Mark Steyn reports:
"...John Kerry won the 16 states with the lowest birth rates; George W Bush took 25 of the 26 states with the highest."
Simply put, the Democrats' biggest nightmare is not Bush but birth rates.
In other words, Republican women are having babies and Democrat women are not.
This reality is showing up in the census. The 2000 census added more electoral votes to the red states. The 2010 census will do the same. By 2010, the entire New England region will have less electoral votes than Texas. Massachusetts will have less electoral votes than Tennessee. Georgia and the Carolinas will soon pass Michigan.
It's going to get a lot tougher to win the presidency without red states. As Gore and Kerry showed, you can carry California, NY, PA and NJ and still come up short of the 270 votes required.
The Democrats need babies, and lots of babies!
Why? Because babies grow up to be voters!
Furthermore, aborted babies never have a chance to be liberal Democrats!