Arizona and Our Political Fault Lines

By Ron Brownstein, National Journal - March 14, 2014

PHOENIX—Arizona hasn't produced many competitive elections lately, but it retains a knack for crystallizing the most volatile fault lines in American politics.


In 2010, Republican Gov. Jan Brewer's signing of the stringent anti-immigration measure known as SB 1070 dramatized the colliding worldviews of a Democratic coalition centered on younger minorities and a GOP coalition revolving around older whites—what I've called the clash between the brown and the gray.

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