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Today's 18-30 voter grew up during the Clinton years or the Bush years. They remember fondly the 90's and its economic prosperity and remember the 2000's as a dismal time marked by 9/11, the botched response to Katrina, Iraq/Afghanistan, and of course the recession.

 

Like their grandparents most of them have experienced tough times due to the recession and as a result understand why social wellfare is necessary; this is also why the conservative economic platform is such a tough sell to today's youth. Many of them also grew up in broken homes with only one parent or with parents who had divorced and/or re-married. As a result they're much less attached to the 'traditional' view of family values that the religious right love so much. They're also less religious than their parents and grandparents, a result of the increased influence of science and technology on day-to-day life, and as a result aren't swayed by the same arguments the GOP have used to attract voters in the south for decades.

 

On foreign policy, they remember the blunders of the Bush era and as a result have a strong libertarian streak when it comes to defense issues. They're tired of wars, tired of the U.S. getting into everyone else's business and being sucked into conflicts and issues that we should have nothing to do with.

 

 

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I doubt anyone here is qualified to argue st. department procedures and policies against the three men that testified before a congressional comittee yesterday. Nordstrom reported that according to all procedures and policies involving foriegn diplomatic properties, that only the head of the department could order the stand down that lead to the dessertion of our wounded and dead. Which would be Hillary. which she denied any knowledge or involvement under oath of law. And today this thread is arguing that she should be the next commander in chief. what a world we live in. Just saying.

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I doubt anyone here is qualified to argue st. department procedures and policies against the three men that testified before a congressional comittee yesterday. Nordstrom reported that according to all procedures and policies involving foriegn diplomatic properties, that only the head of the department could order the stand down that lead to the dessertion of our wounded and dead. Which would be Hillary. which she denied any knowledge or involvement under oath of law. And today this thread is arguing that she should be the next commander in chief. what a world we live in. Just saying.

I don't see anyone here saying she should be the next president, just that she is a strong contender to be the next president, which is true.

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the thing about young voters is they are more apt to go with the crowd or whatever is most popular at the moment.

 

whereas old voters are more apt to...what, make a well thought out decision? ha. hahaha.

 

with the way things like benghazi and solyndra caught on in the republican party, it would appear as though all you need to do to sway them is a poorly written chain letter and an angry rush limbaugh

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Well thought out OP.

 

Here is the deal with the Republicans, Obama has played a Jedi mind trick on these guys and they don't even realize it.  It is going to hurt them in the Senate and even more so in Presidential politics for a while.

 

The entire 2008 Republican campaign strategy was designed to drum up fear about Obama.  He is a socialist, marxist, Islamic, anti colonial, terrorist, that had a deep seeded hatred for white people and wanted to destroy America.

 

Right wing propaganda machines like the Heritage Foundation, CATO Institute, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, etc  helped to really drive that narrative.  Republican followers have convinced themselves that these are the only institutions that tell them the truth and the entire rest of the world including the Congressional Budget Office, every academic study, the mainstream media, fact checkers, etc are ALL just liberal, left wing nuts.  So they only accept reality within the filter of Fox News, Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity, etc.  And they now live in the bubble that these guys have created.

 

Obama won.  Obama has been none of those things and has actually proposed legislation that is more down the middle and conceded or offered things that Republicans have wanted for years.  Chaining social security to CPI, cuts to medicare, reducing future spending on certain programs, a health coverage overhaul that was a Republican idea from the 90's, etc.

 

Well, the Republican media and the leaders in Congress who made a ton of money and power pushing irrational fears, could not now come out and say, "You know what.  We may have been a little overzealous in our caricature of Obama".  The money was too good.  The polling was too good.

 

So when Obama came out and tried to legislate from the middle, it forced the republican media and leadership to pivot even harder to the right.  The power of the Tea Party in primaries forced them even further still to the right.  The people winning Republican primary elections were the people playing into these fears with promises to stop the evil Obama, and the people losing were the ones telling them they were being irrational.  The people making money on radio, books, and TV were the people playing into those fears.

 

Watch this reaction during this primary town hall when a moderate Republican Bob Inglis (who opposed Obamacare) told his Republican constituents in SC that they should not be afraid of Obama and should turn Glenn Beck off and notice the amount of people who walked out on him.  Also please excuse the title of the youtube clip but it was the best clip I could find.

 

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I honestly think Boehner wanted to get the grand bargain done on the debt reduction and would have given in on tax increases for entitlement cuts, but the Tea Party held him hostage and threatened his Speakership.

 

Some republicans did actually compromise on tax increases (enough to pass them), and got very little in the way of quid pro quo from the Democrats. IMO, Obama missed a golden opportunity to reach out, by offering some spending compromises, but flush with his election victory, he felt it unneccessary.  He will get nothing out of republicans in the future, and they will control the house for the rest of his term. 

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Obama has offered 10/1 spending cuts to tax increases. That's a deal Reagan would have jumped all over and not thought twice about. The modern GOP's definition of meeting in the middle is coming over from the extreme right to meet the dems on the far right.

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