Are Old People Killing the GOP?

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    Are old people killing the GOP? - The Week

    Looks like the former Grand Old Party has become just the Old Party

    Support from older voters could be crucial in this year's mid-term elections. But will the aging of the party make it harder for Republicans to win down the road?

    Republicans have sold out at their peril: "Elderly voters...have come running back to the GOP in the last year," says Daniel Larison in American Conservative, because the Republicans have painted health reform as a threat to Medicare. Unfortunately, becoming the "defenders" of a gigantic entitlement program for the elderly -- "at the expense of our future" -- is not the way to endear the GOP to tomorrow's voters.
    "Losing the future"

    If you're going to have a solid voting block, this is the one to have: "You can win an awful lot of elections just by mobilizing the over-65 constituency," says Ross Douthat in The New York Times. They vote, "and there are more of them every day." But the GOP can't just abandon its commitment to limited government. The trick will be figuring out how to keep the elderly happy and rein in Medicare spending -- an economic necessity -- at the same time.
    "The party of AARP"

    The elderly alone aren't enough to sustain the GOP: "In the long run," says Kevin Drum in Mother Jones, "this is a disaster not just for small-government conservatives but for the GOP as well." Republicans have driven away younger voters, "blacks, Hispanics, and virtually the entire Northeast." They'll find out soon enough that the "white South and the elderly" aren't enough to sustain a national political party.
    "An old party getting even older"
     
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    Its a shrinking party and will continue to shrink until it comes up with NEW ideas that have not already failed and caused massive debt, wars for profit and twice crashed the world economy.

    New Ideas guys.

    That is the ONLY way your party will survive.

    Old failed ideas will not carry you into the future.
     
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    Yep, old people - who the hell do they think they are?!!!!! They should all shut the fuck up and die!!!!

    The state of politics today proves just one thing. Scum rises to the top.
     
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    I wonder if this is just inane musings or greasing the skids for Death Panels.
     
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    More like the mindless musings of people who are incapable of independent thought so they just post the opinions of others.
     
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    I don't think old people are killing the GOP, but I do think its death will be one of attrition; when they die, the GOP will go with them.
     
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    Only when they forget to vote...
     
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    I think Progressive policies are shrinking the ranks of Democrat voters faster then Preparation H.
     
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    The dwindling demographics of the GOP is a legitimate concern of anyone who wants the party to remain viable in the next 20 years.
     
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