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  •  every four years the electorate will have a new... (none)
    generation of young adults, and young adults tend to have a more modern set of frames than their elder counterparts. Young voters were the only age bracket that collectively voted for Kerry over Bush, and there's more of us coming!

    Where the DEVIL is Greendale?

    by ozretiro on Fri Nov 12, 2004 at 09:34:15 AM PST

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    •  They aren't (none)
      harkening back to the realities of 20 or 30 years ago ... they are remembering an imagined golden age, yearning for a return to this utopian vision, not so much for its own merritts, but for its opposition to the distasteful present.

      If framed in this context, we, as Progressives, should be able to kick ass in this debate. The Republicans are advocating more of the same - we're advocating the CHANGE and REFORM that is driving them.

      btw, We on the left do the same thing, just in a different fashion. Remember Jimmy Carter? He was horrendously unpopular among progressives and Republicans alike when he was actually president ... now we are in love with the guy? JFK? We love the guy now ... despite his horrific handling of the Cuban and Vietnam situations or the fact that he did next to nothing progressive domestically. In retrospect, though, they were a hell of a lot better than what we have now, so we romanticize the hell out of them and anoint them as semi-dieties.

      "Do what you've put off until tomorrow, it has now become today." ~Garth Brooks

      by devo on Fri Nov 12, 2004 at 11:28:55 AM PST

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    •  That may be true... (none)
      but the entire electorate ages while new voters enter, and of course the oldest fall off the end of the curve as they die. At present the tall part of the curve is the baby boomers, which are of course older and are likely gradually becoming more conservative. The country probably won't move back towards a true political center until that bubble diminishes, I think. If my hypothesis is true that the baby boom bubble is what's dragging the political spectrum towards the conservative end of things at present, then I would also predict that this right-leaning direction won't reverse for some time yet.

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