The article makes a serious mistake when it assumes that taking a bunch of people of differing ages and mapping their political views can give you a lifepath that all voters follow. In fact, voters' political views tend to pretty much get set in their 20s and remain more or less the same throughout their life. Thus, the president that's in the Oval Office while you're in your mid-twenties more or less determines which party you're likely to belong to for most of your life. If he's effective and popular, you're more likely to belong to his party. If he's not, you're not.
nless the GOP purges itself (and using the Tea Party to do so would be tactically great in the long term) they have major long term problems.
Seriously, I wish someone with some math/stats skillz would come in here and debunk some of this stuff.
America is getting less white and less homophobic, that is pretty undeniable, we got a ways to go but it is happening.
Since Obama's election, the Republican Party has become more anti-immigrant, making the sort of bipartisan movement on immigration reform we saw in 2006 unlikely. Membership in the dubiously named House Immigration Reform Caucus, a nativist coalition whose initiatives have included an outright ban on all immigration -- legal and illegal -- has increased dramatically since the 2006 protests; for years it had membership in the teens, but it now includes 110 members. Republicans who once supported comprehensive immigration reform no longer do. For example, McCain's 2005 plan would have granted undocumented immigrants amnesty, but the senator has since backed down from the measure.
One of my daughters was in the workplace one day, and, in her particular workplace at that moment in time, there were a whole bunch of conservative, older men. And those guys were talking about gay marriage—they were talking about discussions going on across the country—and my daughter Kate, after listening to it for about 20 minutes, said to them: "You guys don't understand. You've already lost. My generation doesn't care."
I just can't understand how anyone can support either of these parties...
This may be true for the individual, but not necessarily for the population as a whole. The idea that young people are more liberal than old people is older than dirt. To reiterate uncanny hengeman and intentionally misquote Churchill:
Jabs at my age are always welcome, thanks!
The war in Iraq has never, not since Bush first proposed it, had the support of a majority of Americans.
Demographics are avatars of a change bigger than any bill contemplated by Obama or Congress. The week before the health care vote, The Times reported that births to Asian, black and Hispanic women accounted for 48 percent of all births in America in the 12 months ending in July 2008. By 2012, the next presidential election year, non-Hispanic white births will be in the minority. The Tea Party movement is virtually all white. The Republicans haven’t had a single African-American in the Senate or the House since 2003 and have had only three in total since 1935.
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