The Democrats were in full throttle glee last Saturday when Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan would join the GOP ticket. They were convinced Ryan’s ideas on Medicare would sink the Romney ship in less time than an iceberg sunk the Titanic. It’s only been one week since Paul Ryan began his stomp around America, but so far America’s seniors aren’t so spooked. The initial polling data on Ryan’s Medicare proposals aren’t lining up with the DNC’s wildest dreams, while senior citizens in Florida are turning up in droves at pro-Ryan rallies.
One thing we have to remember about liberals is that they tend to believe their own lies. It’s our saving grace on every election day.
The first lie liberals would like you to believe is that senior citizens as a demographic group voted for President Obama in the first place. But that’s not true. Seniors turned him down in 2008.
Shortly after the 2008 General Election, the voter research organization Democracy Corp released comprehensive exit poll data of senior citizens. The survey results were astounding – and not often cited by the mainstream media. If our seniors were given the chance in 2008 to choose our President, John McCain would have handily won the race. McCain won the senior vote by nearly 11%, a veritable landslide. In fact, a mere 36% of seniors registered as Independents voted for Obama. The Democrats saw positive shifts in almost every demographic group in 2008, except senior citizens.
The second lie liberals would like you to believe is that senior citizens care mostly about their own entitlements. I think nothing could be further from the truth.
Democrats like to put grandpa and grandma in a monolithic box. If you listened to Obama-Biden and the DNC, you’d think senior citizens were a bunch of immature, selfish, cry-babies clamoring for their entitlements.
But Democrats misjudge our country’s seniors. I think the “greatest generation” is sorry to see it’s children and grandchildren grow up as the “indebted generation.” They remember an America that was more free, in less debt, and took care of its truly needy and not a hand-out nation.
I think senior citizens are a lot smarter (and less afraid) than the Democrats give them credit for. And I doubt they’ll go hook, line, and sinker for Obama’s fear mongering on Medicare. I think they’ll case their vote on November 6 for the candidate they view as most likely to save their children from eventual financial ruin – rather than the candidate who promises short-term gain.
If any demographic understands long-term vs. short-term, it’s senior citizens.
Tom Freiling, Patriot Super PAC