October 30, 2010

A BUNCH OF CRANKY OLD WHITE PEOPLE RAGING ABOUT HOW MUCH BETTER LIFE WAS FOR THE CLEAVERS:

Tea party movement alienating young voters (JOSH LEDERMAN, 10/30/2010, AP)

A survey released Oct. 21 by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics showed that only 11 percent of those 18 to 29 consider themselves supporters of the tea party, and analysts say the leaderless movement’s ties to social conservatism and rhetoric in favor of an earlier America are hampering its appeal.

Despite widespread voter anger ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, the tea party has been a hard sell to young voters because many equate joining with embracing conservative social values, said Peter Levine, director of CIRCLE, a Tufts University group that conducts research on the political involvement of young Americans. He said this holds true even for those who would otherwise identify with the party’s call for stricter fiscal conservatism.

“A lot of young people, whether it’s from the media, professors or other sources, come to the opinion that the tea party is just a bunch of right-wing extreme radicals, racists — whatever,” said Patrick Kelly, a tea party activist and freshman at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill. “That’s the biggest deterrent.” [...]

Many young voters also recoil at the tea party’s homogenous racial makeup. According to the Pew Research Center’s October political survey, 85 percent of registered voters who agree with the tea party are white. Just 2 percent are black.

“The young generation is just by the numbers the most diverse generation in American history,” Levine said. “You can’t get that much purchase on this generation if you look like you’re all white.”


To the Right immigrants are gardeners who took the jobs from those nice white fellas who used to do the work and were so much easier to talk to. To the young they're classmates.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 30, 2010 6:43 AM
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