Friday, August 9, 2013

Senior Moment

The Republicans have pretty much written off the blacks, Latinos, women, the under 30’s, the poor; basically anyone who doesn’t look like someone waiting for a tee time at the country club.  They’re relying on white men and older people to carry them through.

But if this memo from Carville-Greenberg is to be believed, they’re in trouble with older voters.

There’s something going on with seniors: It is now strikingly clear that they have turned sharply against the GOP. This is apparent in seniors’ party affiliation and vote intention, in their views on the Republican Party and its leaders, and in their surprising positions on jobs, health care, retirement security, investment economics, and the other big issues that will likely define the 2014 midterm elections.

We first noticed a shift among seniors early in the summer of 2011, as Paul Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare became widely known (and despised) among those at or nearing retirement. Since then, the Republican Party has come to be defined by much more than its desire to dismantle Medicare. To voters from the center right to the far left, the GOP is now defined by resistance, intolerance, intransigence, and economics that would make even the Robber Barons blush. We have seen other voters pull back from the GOP, but among no group has this shift been as sharp as it is among senior citizens…

The simple reason is that seniors are always changing; they’re not a fixed group with a set of beliefs based on ethnicity, culture, or religion.  They’re us.  The baby boomers who were the hippies of the 60’s grew up to be in their 60’s.  Like me.

Which means a lot of kids who smoked pot, listened to rock music, or were comfortable coming out of the closet are now the ones who are senior citizens.  No wonder they use Led Zeppelin to sell insurance on TV.

So if the Republicans are thinking that the older generation is going to be in lockstep with their agenda of right-wing cranky points, they’re in for bummer of a trip.

3 barks and woofs on “Senior Moment

  1. Could it be that those of us in our sixties actually had an education not interfered by religion. Some of us actually read and think and vote! I recently heard that you are as young as the music you listen to; if you believe that, I am in my late teens; bouncing around the house to Bruno Mars and all the current top 40. The younger you are the more you vote left.

    • Paraphrasing Churchill: If you’re a GOTeahadist when you’re 40, you have no heart; if you’re still one at 65, you have no pre-existing conditions.

  2. I blame Democrats for all those old people talking crazy to begin with – D’s did no job at all in making it clear and simple that both Social Security and Medicare were on the Republican chopping block. Further, as I’ve mentioned before, the D’s do a poor job of addressing the concerns of the white working and middle class which, of course, includes Social Security, Medicare, and restoration of some kind of labor law. I understand that working and middle class issues are the same regardless of color or ethnicity but there is a subtle hint of indifference if the voter is white. Just my opinion, obviously.

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