Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Millennials in Play

Since a lot of them aren't working. Michael Barone:
The most noteworthy movement among whites has been among voters under 30, the so-called Millennial generation. Millennials voted 66 to 32 percent for Barack Obama in 2008 and identified as Democrats rather than Republicans by a 60 to 32 percent margin. 

But white Millennials have been moving away from the Democrats. The Democratic edge in party identification among white Millennials dropped from 7 points in 2008 to 3 points in 2009 to a 1-point Republican edge in 2010 and an 11-point Republican lead in 2011. [snip]
In the wake of the 2008 election, I argued that there was a tension between the way Millennials lived their lives -- creating their own iPod playlists, designing their own Facebook pages -- and the one-size-fits-all, industrial-era welfare-state policies of the Obama Democrats.
Going after the vote: A remix of the TEA party message.

Countercultural to the establishment elite who gives us the same old same old.

More. WaPo via DC Examiner:
Obama’s failed record on the economy seems to have convinced Americans that spending cuts, not more spending, are the better way to create jobs. The Post does not report this in their write up of the poll, but for the first time since they have been asking the question, more Americans (47 percent) now say that large cuts in federal spending will do more to create jobs than to cut jobs (44 percent).
Reuters with the jobs news of the day, durable goods number dropped 2.1 % vs. expectations of up 0.3 %:
Durable goods orders are a leading indicator of manufacturing. Though orders tend to be volatile, last month's unexpected decline could add to fears of a slowdown in factory activity.
Manufacturing has been the bright spot in the economy, whose recovery has faltered since the start of the year.
Hang in there, GOP, hang in there America. Eking out a living until the 2012 election turnaround when we can send O and his leftie bouncy ball home.

More. I tend to go with the WSJ on the debt debate.
If the Boehner plan fails in the House, the advantage shifts to Mr. Reid's Senate plan...It's true that the Boehner plan doesn't solve the long-term debt problem, but Mr. Obama won't agree to anything that does.
Yuval Levin on the Boehner bill rewrite. And Jay Cost on reelection prospects--Obama approval among independents tanks: 

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