You all have probably noticed what I’ve noticed: while the Democrat party gets support from young voters, it doesn’t have many young politicians. (And maybe the young voters would like to think about that one for a while.) Obama, at 51, is one of the youngest of the Democrat leaders. This may help explain why the upcoming Democrat convention has such a pathetic line-up. There are no young lions exciting the crowd. There are only ragged old Lefties — which may explain the Democrats’ decision to use the Akin kerfuffle to make their DNC about reproductive rights.
The Democrats are dragging out one woman after another to demand that the government pay for her, and everyone else’s, birth control, abortions and Gawd knows whatever other stuff they can put under the heading of reproductive rights. This tactic differs mightily from the RNC approach, which repeated 1992’s successful (for Clinton) mantra: “It’s the economy, stupid!”
The Republicans are the ones on the correct path. Reproductive rights are a luxury for flush times. During poor times, someone who hasn’t worked for two years (and might have been too depressed to have sexual relations in that same time), isn’t going to get excited about seeing government money poured into birth control pills and free sterilization. It’s simply not a winning point outside the base.