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  •  young vs. old (1+ / 0-)
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    SeanF

    Yeah, but Obama has a problem with older voters.  There is going to be a huge age gap in this election, and the demographics favor the oldies.   (This comment applies to jpspencer above too).  

    In '68 and '72 we thought we could beat Nixon with the youth vote and the demographics were more favorable and the shitty war was shittier (if you can believe it).  Still, that didn't work out so well.  We need a broad coalition to win this.

    •  Think Nixon and JFK (0+ / 0-)

      The first debate and McCain is going to look old, tired, and confused compared to Obama.  Even the old vote will be scared away from McCain.

      "War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace." - Thomas Mann

      by Tom Paul on Thu May 22, 2008 at 03:28:41 PM PDT

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    •  Good point (0+ / 0-)

      about older voters.  Still, I think Obama was respectful.  And I think that in a subtle way, by bringing up John McCain's service all the time (which Obama does), Obama is marginalizing him.  And when McCain does it as well, it plays into the same dynamic.  That might be just me, however.

    •  The problem in '68 was a bit different. (0+ / 0-)

      The front runner RFK was a bit living-challenged at the nomination, and the youth vote was shafted by the candidate who made it, who then didn't run on an anti-war platform.  (Once he started running on an anti-war platform, he did much better.)

      Note: This is analysis, not advice. Therefore, I can say whatever I want and not get called on it.

      by William S on Fri May 23, 2008 at 04:49:23 AM PDT

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