Sunday, January 27, 2008

Senior Discount

More to consider, inside the numbers...

[Digby]: Obama, for instance, once again did extremely well among young people of all races, which it seems to me is much more salient than the media have yet to acknowledge. If he keeps this up, we will see an entire generation making its home in the Democratic Party and that is a tremendous advantage.

He didn't just do "extremely well." He romped. Obama even got more than half of the young white vote in a three-person race. Building the party and indoctrinating the next generation into the Democratic Party is something only Obama is going to do. Last night's numbers really bear this out. He's been winning among young and first-time voters all along, but he killed there last night. Among te different age groups, Hillary only beat him among retirees (65+).

The past versus the future indeed.

UPDATE: At this point, I'm ready to start crediting Obama's candidacy for the overwhelming Democratic turnouts. I realize Dems are motivated to oust Bush—but that was going to happen no matter what. I'm not sure that's reason enough to explain what's hapenning. I truly suspect, that if this was a race of the same old guys (like, say 2004?) the numbers would not be there.

3 comments:

Deb said...

What are your thoughts on the current delegate count? The Super Delegates are certainly lining up behind the Washington insider, which isn't good for Obama. I wonder how much that will shift if (once?) he gets more momentum on Super Tuesday.

More important, do you think they can find a synonym for "super"? That word feels overused lately.

Smitty said...

I can't articulate how good his victory in S.C. makes me feel. And how disappointed I am in Bill Clinton.

Smitty said...

By the way, lots of underground backlash here in Michigan Republicans about Mitt...our illustrious AG has been thumbing his nose at the party insiders, saying essentially "see, I was right to back McCain." The party no likey the "see-I-told-you-so" attitude and is threatening to seek someone else to run on the R ticket for Guv in 2 years.

The crybabies just don't know who to blame.