Thursday, May 3, 2018

There will be no Blue Wave

In the Autumn of 1992 we were a college Freshman at Wesley College and very excited about the upcoming election. We were a Conservative Democrat back then and enthusiastically supported Clinton/Gore. No, we don't regret doing so. It was just time.

To gin up interest in the campaign among the otherwise apathetic student body, Wesley's  administration put up cloth banners upon which one could write campaign slogans. Our dorm RA, a 21 year old senior presumed to be wise wrote, 'When you grow up, you'll vote Republican'.

We took great offense at the RA saying Dems were immature, but that's not really what she meant, was it? We know now, and we bet so does the reader.

As one grows older, one's priorities change. With mortgages, children, careers, sound fiscal policy seems like a pretty good idea. Libertinism, well, on the other side of 30 it gets increasingly hard to stay up past 11.

Well low and behold Millennials are getting older and making the transformation. Reuters tells us that:
Enthusiasm for the Democratic Party is waning among millennials as its candidates head into the crucial midterm congressional elections, according to the Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll.

The online survey of more than 16,000 registered voters ages 18 to 34 shows their support for Democrats over Republicans for Congress slipped by about 9 percentage points over the past two years, to 46 percent overall. And they increasingly say the Republican Party is a better steward of the economy.
One should keep in mind that the only other presidents this generation remembers are W and Barry. They've never seen political success or an economy like this.

We've always known that the 'Emerging Democratic Majority' prognostication was fatally flawed. It assumed stasis, Young people become middle aged, and the youth of Aquarius delivered a landslide for Ronald Reagan. 

We have long argued that most of the problems with Millennials are due to youth and will straighten themselves out. There's nothing like a mortgage to focus one's mind.  We wonder if there's data out there showing Millennials switching from posting SJW memes to pics of the kids for grandma and grandpa to see. 

As Millennials grow up, they become Republican. It's called gravity people.

There will be no Blue Wave.

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