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This morning’s Ham Sandwich update is a tale of two very different groups – with very different views of the Romney/Ryan ticket. The first of those is the group of people to whom we lovingly refer as senior citizens (or as Rush Limbaugh says, “seasoned citizens.”) The old conventional wisdom was that Democrats could reliably trot out the specter of no more Social Security and frighten our beloved geriatric demographic into voting for them in an attempt to preserve their entitlements, which, for many of them, are necessary just to get by. Eventually, Medicare also joined the ranks of entitlements that seniors were threatened with losing should any Republicans be elected.
But the world has now changed, and quite unexpectedly so. It has emerged that the “scare the seniors” tactic is no longer valid. Against all odds, seniors very much support the Romney/Ryan ticket. A new poll from Rasmussen, and reported by HotAir.com, shows that a key handful of particular demographic groups strongly support the ticket, notably indeed seniors. Seniors trust Romney on the economy over Obama by 35 points – a truly breathtaking figure. Since Democrats have traditionally assembled coalitions of groups to vote against Republicans that include seniors, they’re now in trouble, because this important and large group will not be there this time. So there’s our group of people who absolutely love Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
The group of people who do NOT care for the former Massachusetts governor includes a couple of names that won’t surprise you. Specifically Norah O’Donnell – the liberal CBS News reporter who has never cared much for any Republicans – is the first. She has now also expressed some disdain for Democrats, recently stating that President Obama “needs to answer for the tone of the campaign”. It does not bode well for the campaign when a liberal supporter calls them out. And then there’s Michael Moore – one of the most liberal film-makers we’ve ever seen – probably even a socialist – maybe even a Marxist. He hates Romney and Ryan, loves Obama and Biden, but has given up. He recently said that we should all get accustomed to saying “President Romney”. I personally like the ring of that. And I like the ring of a sullen, unhappy Michael Moore. And there’s a reason why he’s given up – he sees the writing on the wall just like the rest of us – President Obama is only going to serve one term.
Some love the Republican nominees, some don’t. But the group of those who love them appears to outnumber those who don’t, and that simple fact puts the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue at serious risk of being beaten by a Ham Sandwich.
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