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Generational politics for 2016

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TBSchemer Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
It's no secret that part of Obama's advantage in 2008 was the fact that McCain looked like somebody's grandpa, whereas Obama looked like a member of a more modern generation. But now, the party demographics have changed, and there are far more young faces on the right than the left.

For 2016, the Republicans are talking about running Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, and others with generational appeal. Meanwhile, the Democrats only seem to have Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, both if whom are figures of our parents' generation, not ours. But what better choices do you have? Elizabeth Warren? I would love for you guys to choose her and make 2016 a direct fight between socialism and liberty.

It seems like more and more, the radical party of the young and the bold is becoming the party of aging hippies trying to win the Cold War for the Soviets about 30 years too late. Where are the Democrat's future leaders?
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CouchyCreature Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you suggesting that Obama got chosen as president not once, but twice, just because he was younger than the opposition?
His policies, or those of his party, had nothing to do with it, just his age?
Do you think Americans are totally dumb and interested only in physical appearance as criteria for the biggest job in the world?
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TBSchemer Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Do you think Americans are totally dumb and interested only in physical appearance as criteria for the biggest job in the world?

Not only, but mostly. I mean, think about how much time the media spent talking about Obama's race.
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CouchyCreature Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, the media is definitely stupid and somewhat evil. Popularism for the sake of advertising sales sucks.
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Shidaku Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
"Young people" are the most unreliable, unmotivated voting bloc out there. They're fickle, fair-weather folks who as likely to come through on voting day as they are do stick around for a teenage pregnancy.
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TBSchemer Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
But not only young people discriminate based on age.
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Shidaku Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
So?
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TBSchemer Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
So age discrimination happens in favor of young candidates no matter how many young people are voting.
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Shidaku Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Okay. But the "young" people in the Repubican party now are all well under the ages required to run for office. So it doesn't matter if there's a bunch of 20-somethings in the GOP.
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AbCat Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   Writer
You do know most young people don't vote, right?
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ChakatBlackstar Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Interesting thoughts, but social issues are going to be a sticking point if the republicans keep clinging to them, as traditional republicans tend to favor positions that favor white straight male christian gun loving americans, a group that is no longer a significant majority. Still a majority but not enough to win with alone. On top of that, thanks to the internet, it's easier for people to research the financial policies of the republicans and take note that they tend to favor tax cuts to the rich and taxing the needy. While the rich may fund the politicians, they don't make up the majority of voters.

So to sum up, the republicans need to do some major retooling...or really step up on their propaganda if they want to win. They're making the mistake of appealing to financial liberty, which tends to favor the rich. But the younger generation votes they're looking for tend to be young 20-somethings that don't have a whole lot of money to worry about and would prefer social liberty.
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