My house is filled with a bunch of liberal losers so I'm staying in my "old" neighborhood, all of 1.5 or so miles away. It isn't that I never get here otherwise, but surprisingly rarely. And things do change there, if fairly slowly.
Things elsewhere have changed since I lived there, too. I don't remember anyone involved in Lefty politics back in the day who didn't come at it with a healthy dose of skepticism of those in power, including the powerful of the minority party. For a lot of people, now, that skepticism is unwelcome.
Then, as now, a lot of people just liked to pee in the punchbowl for fun. Not everything changes.