Op-Ed Columnist: The Existing Democratic Majority

What Virginia tells us about our political future.

We’re all familiar with a certain political geography. Democrats win the cities, Republicans win the rural areas, and the battlegrounds are in the suburbs. In general, Democrats win the denser inner-ring suburbs where there are lots of professionals — doctors, lawyers, teachers. Republicans win the sprawling outer-ring suburbs, where there are lots of office parks and midlevel corporate managers.Northern Virginia has always embodied this familiar suburban divide. Democrats have done well in i...