Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Bring Out Your Dead
Rudy Giuliani, who as we all know is an idiot, has made a head-scratching reference in support of newly minted GOP "frontrunner" Newt Gingrich.
"My guts tells me...that Gingrich might actually be the stronger candidate," Giuliani said, "because I think he can make a broader connection than Mitt Romney to those Reagan Democrats."
POLITICO, of course, which reported the story, did not challenge the corrupt former mayor of New York on his allusion — mainly because, as we cats suspect, the average age of that website's reporters is about 23. But they should have.
See, the term "Reagan Democrats" dates from the election of 1980. Now, we cats remember 1980 quite well — in fact, we were in the thick of things back then. But we'd venture to say that a good portion, if not most, of today's registered voters have no memory of that fateful Presidential year. Or even of Ronald Reagan's Presidency itself.
What's more, demographic analyses have shown that the "Reagan Democrats" of 1980 skewed older: 39 percent were age 45 to 59, while 40 percent were age 60-plus.
You know what that means, Mr. Mayor? Today, 31 years later, those Reagan voters are probably dead.
We wish that some intelligent person in journalism — someone with an institutional memory who can read a calendar correctly — would call jerks like Giuliani on careless crap like this.