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  •  We lost every age group over 40. So focus on why (0+ / 0-)

    Age demographics running against versus race would be more beneficial in long run.

    "If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." Winston Churchill

    by Kvetchnrelease on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 07:12:35 AM PST

    •  Age correlates with a number of things (1+ / 0-)
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      There's a cohort of people who came of age during the Nixon Administration, and were persuadable by the "Southern Strategy".  These people are now in their 70s and up.  There's a cohort that has a similar relationship to Reagan, but I'd argue that many of these are more persuadable.

      There's political evangelicals, which also skew somewhat older.  Younger people are less religious generally, and even the ones that are religious tend to be less intolerant than their parents.

      The flip side is that younger voters by in large don't understand what unions are good for.  This is something we need to fix.

      Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

      by mbayrob on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 07:24:21 PM PST

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      •  Over 39 people are often married with children, (0+ / 0-)

        working at income levels involving paying higher taxes (39-65) or entering retirement and focused on value of retirement investments, preserving Medicare and Social Security benefits. And...looking out for their children/grandchildren in terms of jobs and benefit preservation.  White or not, male or female, rich or poor, these elements of attaining middle age and beyond will drive all future elections.

        "If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." Winston Churchill

        by Kvetchnrelease on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 06:09:05 AM PST

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