Sunday, November 21, 2010

Who votes for Republicans?

Hate to link to Kaplan Test Prep Daily, but this piece of old news disguised as a breathless revelation is worth remarking on briefly. Shorter: GOP base is uneducated, under-informed, white hicks. Or as I call them, slogan voters. Not necessarily stupid people, but rather gullible and easily deluded by slick agitprop.

A large percentage of them are elderly. It's a shrinking demo that's going to die off either from old age or really bad health habits and an ever shrinking access to health care. Furthermore, since it's rather clear the GOP has no intention of doing anything to improve the economy while a Democrat is sitting in the Oval office, they're likely to lose the so-called swing vote element in that demo in 2012. All the Democrats have to do to re-energize their own base and win the majority back is to actually put up a fight for policy that benefits the working class and at least look like they're trying to win.

I don't want to get sucked into 2012 predictions at this stage but the Democrats do have a clear path to retaining the White House and regaining the majority. The big question is whether the country can survive the damage the GOP will surely do to us in the next two years.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

It's funny how people see themselves as educated for the most part, but we equate job training with education these days and most college students are business majors. Most people don't read a book a year.

This is a country where almost half don't know the Republicans just regained control of the house, but they all have opinions, don't they -- and a whole industry profiting by assisting them in feeling smart and even to the point of supplying them with opinions along with their beer and Toyotas.

If you listen carefully, you can hear them hissing in the background -- something about getting you and your little dog too. . .

11:08:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I take it you saw our resident troll's love letters to me via the email alert. Was going to leave them up but deleted the comments since they were too boring, not because I was insulted, considering the source.

Of course academic credentials and intelligence are not necessarily synonymous. Many smart and successful people didn't go to college and there are highly educated people who are hopelessly uninformed, or misinformed, about current events and politics. Academic credentials mainly serve a means to status and instant credibility.

2:55:00 PM  

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