Simple answers to simple questions
Matt Stoller edition. Looking at the Florida exit polling:
Much younger voters love Obama, but 'older' younger voters who remember a more partisan time went for Clinton. I first noticed this after New Hampshire, and it appears as if Obama's South Carolina dynamic did not change the overall messaging frame. What's with the affinity between Gen X and the millenials, and the older gap millenials and the boomers?
If you're older, you're more likely to be reality-based. Too harsh? Read on. Do the math:
The voter of 30 was 23 when Bush stole Florida 2000, and 21 when the Republicans impeached Clinton. Many probably weren't paying attention (I certainly wasn't), and the rest did so in an atmosphere of full spectrum Conservative Movement media dominance, undoubtedly the source of the powerful Hillary Hatred in that cohort that Obama's campaign is cleverly and efficiently leveraging, with the help of our famously free press.
The voter of 23 was 16 for Florida 2000, and 14 for the Clinton impeachment. For most, enough said.
Both cohorts take our current political economy, including right wing talking points and frames, for granted, because they haven't been around long enough to have any other point of reference. Hence the focus on the symptom, partisan bickering, and a panacea -- the Unity Pony -- rather than a cure, which must begin with the destruction of the Conservative movement. And that would begin by holding Conservatives accountable for the results of their policies.
Of course, holding conservatives accountable isn't even on the radar of Obama's rather Fan Base; that would be "divisive." Such malleability makes Obama very attractive to the Village, since above all else they want to keep the cocktail weinies coming. Hillary is their second choice, because even though they hate her, she's still part of their clique. Edwards and Paul, of course, are hated and feared in the Village, because they would hold Conservatives accountable. (Prediction: Obama won't pick Edwards for AG in a million years. All a functioning Justice Department could bring is trouble.) However, our famously free press has done an excellent job of excluding them from the American people's spectrum of choices by denying them coverage. Don't worry. Everything's going to be fine.