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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Do Democratic Voters Melt In The Rain?

In one of the most ridiculous excuses I have seen preemptively given about the potential Democratic losses in the midterm elections, Wendy Schiller, a political science professor at Brown University in an article at The Hill, takes the cake.

According to Laurel Harbridge, a Northwestern University political science professor, GOP voters are not typically discouraged by rain. “Republicans are helped by bad weather ... it does harm Democratic prospects.”

Wendy Schiller, a political science professor at Brown University, echoed Harbridge. “Bad weather almost always hurts Democrats,” she said. “The traditional Democratic base tends to include lower-income people and the elderly. Both of those demographic groups have a hard time getting to the polls.”

Emphasis mine.

Where the hell has Schiller been over the last few months?


According to the September data, young registered voters favored the Democrats by 55% to 36% over the Republicans -- a 19-percentage-point margin. That was up from 9 points in August, and contrasts with a 12-point advantage for the Republicans in September among seniors (52% to 40%).

Since Republicans are seeing a 12 point advantage with seniors, isn't it contradictory to claim that if it rains on election day, it will hurt Democrats with the senior vote?

I guess in Schiller's twisted reality Republican supporters do not melt in the rain but Democratic supporters do.


The Senior Wave: Older Voters Set for Historic Turnout

This has been your ridiculous item for today, back to regularly scheduled blogging.............