Election 2010: Revenge of the Grannies
Last night, older, whiter Americans told the rest of us to get the Hell off of their lawn, and today we have the biggest GOP margin in the House in a generation.
According to the exit polls, voters aged 18-29 made up 18 percent of the electorate in 2008, sweeping Obama and the Dems into power. They made up a larger share of the electorate than those over 65 -- older folks cast 16 percent of the votes. Last night turned those numbers on their head, with the kids making up just 11 percent of the vote and a whopping 23 percent being 65 years or older.
Young voters, staying home to nurse their ironic PBRs, simply returned to form -- they made up 12 percent of the vote in the last mid-term election in 2006.
The electorate was also, unsurprisingly, whiter this year than it was during the last go-around. In 2008, the electorate was 74 percent white, 13 percent black and 9 percent Latino. Last night, the numbers were 78 percent, 10 percent and 8 percent, respectively.
The economy was the most important issue facing the country, according to 62 percent of those polled. More people blamed Wall Street (35 percent) and George W Bush (30 percent) than Obama (23 percent). The Dems actually earned a narrow victory (50-48) among those who had a member of their household who lost a job in the past two years. But, tellingly, the GOP won by 14 points (56-42) among those who saw Wall Street as the culprit.