Midterm electorate was older, whiter … and angrier

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Looking through the exit polls, several lessons come through pretty clearly. One is how clearly politics in America divides down racial lines. That has long been true for white and African-American voters. But with the Latino vote, once considered in play for both parties, breaking two-to-one for the Democrats even in a Republican wave year, that demographic also seems to be settling into a consistent voting pattern.

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The second big lesson is that if you want to win, you have to participate.

In 2008, voters aged 44 and younger accounted for 47 percent of the electorate, and were strongly supportive of Democrats. In 2010, they accounted for just 33 percent of those who bothered to vote. This year, voters 45 and older dominated the mid-terms, casting 67 percent of the vote compared to 53 percent just two years ago.

Black participation fell as well, from 13 percent of the electorate in 2008 to 10 percent in 2010. Latino participation stayed roughly the same.

And as Bill Schneider would say on CNN, the seniors who flooded the voting booths this year really didn’t like the Democrats, voting 58-40 in favor of Republicans. (In 2008, that same demographic went 53-45 for McCain). It’s going to be interesting to see whether the Republicans will now dare to start meddling with the big entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare, and how the seniors will respond if they do.

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418 comments Add your comment

Haywood Jablome

November 3rd, 2010
11:59 am

Apoplexy is not a policy strategy.

Kamchak

November 3rd, 2010
12:02 pm

It’s been a whole day, so why haven’t they fixed unemployment yet?

Normal

November 3rd, 2010
12:03 pm

Midterm electorate was older, whiter … and angrier

…and watch how angry we will get if they/anyone messes with our Social security and Medicare.

Normal

November 3rd, 2010
12:04 pm

Kam,
Sadly no. They are still trying to give themselves a pay raise by cutting taxes for the rich/them…

Kamchak

November 3rd, 2010
12:07 pm

Normal

Didn’t get the opportunity downstairs to wish happy birthday to your mom, so here it is.

Deep Throat

November 3rd, 2010
12:07 pm

Jay you forgot to mention smarter.

BADA BING

November 3rd, 2010
12:07 pm

Let’s see, the Midterm electorate was older (wiser?), richer (harder working?), and more than likely better educated . Man, that sounds like the kind of people that you want to be voting! Am I wrong?

The Leg Lamp is a "major award"....

November 3rd, 2010
12:09 pm

“Midterm electorate was older, whiter … and angrier”

And they might be angrier yet when 2012 rolls around.

Normal

November 3rd, 2010
12:09 pm

BADA BING

November 3rd, 2010
12:11 pm

First graders…..younger, foolish, and don’t like broccoli. Man, this writing stuff is easy.

Jimmy62

November 3rd, 2010
12:12 pm

So basically what you are telling us is that blacks and Hispanics are blindly partisan and unable to think for themselves? Personally I have a better view of minority groups than that, but I understand why you would so disdain groups that vote your way no matter how much you insult them.

md

November 3rd, 2010
12:12 pm

I was always taught to respect thy elders………………hmmmm

Joe Frank

November 3rd, 2010
12:13 pm

We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Peadawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:13 pm

I love the data for Latinos(60%) and Blacks(90%) voting Democrat….gotta get their handouts!

Normal

November 3rd, 2010
12:16 pm

Jimmy62

November 3rd, 2010
12:12 pm

I see no disdain in Jay’s thesis. He’s just stating facts. I think, perhaps, the disdain comes from your ingrained dislike of minorities…

Soothsayer

November 3rd, 2010
12:16 pm

Southern Comfort

November 3rd, 2010
12:17 pm

I love the data for Latinos(60%) and Blacks(90%) voting Democrat….gotta get their handouts!

Is that any different than the >$100k getting their handouts?

barking frog

November 3rd, 2010
12:17 pm

Is Federal Deposit Insurance an entitlement to Depositors?
If it is then I will accept that Social Security and Medicare are
entitlements. Premiums are paid on Insurance policies
not entitlements.

Normal

November 3rd, 2010
12:18 pm

Funny Sprout Puppy, but you are just too young to understand…one day you will and I hope it won’t be too late.

barking frog

November 3rd, 2010
12:19 pm

Stupidity is accidental or genetic. Ignorance is self inflicted.

pat

November 3rd, 2010
12:20 pm

I did’t see anybody being turned away from the polls because of race. If you can vote and you didn’t boo hoo for you. The polls were open from 7 to 7 and all Americans of any color were welcome to vote.

USinUK

November 3rd, 2010
12:20 pm

sorry – been in a meeting the last hour + … anyone post this, yet?

Hold the celebration. Most voters expected Republicans to win control of the House of Representatives on Election Day, but nearly as many expect to be disappointed with how they perform by the time the 2012 elections roll around.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds, in fact, that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is at least somewhat likely that most voters will be disappointed with Republicans in Congress before the next national elections. That includes 38% who say it is Very Likely.

… and who said that (hang on to your hats) … RASMUSSEN …

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/november_2010/most_voters_think_house_gop_likely_to_disappoint_by_2012

md

November 3rd, 2010
12:20 pm

“I see no disdain in Jay’s thesis.”

Try reading the headline again…………………….

I see nothing such as “and here is the breakdown of voters” or “how each group voted”.

“,,,angrier” pretty much says it all.

eddy

November 3rd, 2010
12:21 pm

In 2008, Obama was handed an opportunity by whites, blacks, Latinos. Instead of governing from the center, he interpreted his victory as a mandate that the country wanted to become like Cuba. So he proceeded to try to make it happen. Now that it is apparent that becoming like Cuba was not what his victory signaled, he is left with trying to “back and fill” so that he doesn’t become a one term President. But his over abundance of progressive/liberal genes will compel him to continue on his path to self-destruction. No amount of logic or common sense will prevail ’cause liberalism is bone deep. 2012 will come a lot faster than even he expects and then “poof”, he is gone. Hope and Change really is more than a slogan!!!!

USinUK

November 3rd, 2010
12:21 pm

pat – ” If you can vote and you didn’t boo hoo for you.”

amen!

Jay

November 3rd, 2010
12:21 pm

Peadawg, you slander millions of good, hard-working, decent, family-centered Americans with remarks like that. And you simply have no concept of that, do you? You love the stereotype, because it makes you feel better.

Furthermore, remarks like that explain a lot better than your “handout theory” why minorities won’t vote for your party. If you want their support, at a minimum you have to offer them a respect that you clearly are not willing to grant.

Normal

November 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

Soothsayer,
sent that to my Kindle…thanks.

carlosgvv

November 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

Jay, you almost got it right. Much of the midterm electorate was older, whiter and dumber. The true winners are the Big Business CEO’s who are laughing in the boardrooms and comtemplating even more money for their personal estates. Meanwhile, the sheep keep grazing on the crumbs from the table.

Deep Throat

November 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

Since the ACORN fell the minorities only got to vote one time.

Jay

November 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

md, do you seriously dispute the “angrier” description?

Because if so, I could cite reams and reams of quotes from conservative sources confirming that anger.

Paul

November 3rd, 2010
12:24 pm

“It’s going to be interesting to see whether the Republicans will now dare to start meddling with the big entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare, and how the seniors will respond if they do.”

And @@ wonders why I find much of this amusing.

USinUK

Now if Reps can just lower those expectations. Maybe they should ask Bosch for a Bumper Sticker?

Kamchak

November 3rd, 2010
12:24 pm

USinUK

Your boys looked real good at The Lane yesterday

Peadawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:25 pm

“You love the stereotype…”

Stereotype’s aren’t made up Jay. Sorry if I’m not “politically correct” right now.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

November 3rd, 2010
12:26 pm

Well, you can’t hardly get much angrier and whiter than me. Maybe a little older though. So when do the godly Republicans we elected get to take office? Soon I hope. I figure it’ll take us till January or so to get unemployment down and repeal Obamacare. But not till Obamacare can pay for the Boner to get some help. The poor guy was crying on TV last night. He really needs to learn how to lay off of the booze. Right before Obamacare was passed in the House, he was on TV cussing. Booze will do that to you. Cry and cuss. That’s what drunks like to do. I just don’t want him to quit total. A guy’s got to make a living, you know, and nobody ever made much from hauling Cokes. Us beer truck drivers like money too.

Have a good p.m. everybody.

USinUK

November 3rd, 2010
12:26 pm

Paul – how about “we have standards … they’re low, but we’ve got ‘em!” … actually, no, that’s a Bette Middler quote and I don’t expect she’d have anything to do with the GOP.

Kam – GAH – considering we were blown out 0-2 earlier this week, I hope Redknapp gave them a good bollocking before the game! (and did you see who scored? didja? didja?)

Doggone/GA

November 3rd, 2010
12:27 pm

“Stereotype’s aren’t made up Jay”

Of course they are…and they are eminently indicative of someone who is unwilling to educate themselves, and content to let others do their thinking for them.

pat

November 3rd, 2010
12:27 pm

I aggree Jay with your assessment on Peadog…It’s liberals of all colors and races looking for a hand out ;)

Kamchak

November 3rd, 2010
12:28 pm

USinUK

Yeah, but the real credit is due to Gareth Bale–twice.

BADA BING

November 3rd, 2010
12:29 pm

Jay, you left out a whole bunch of stuff. They are more likely to pay income taxes, have a house, have a savings account, have stocks, have car insurance, have medical insurance, have a degree, own property, have a job, have a clean criminal record, travel, read newspapers, have a retirement, etc.,etc,do I have to go on?

MARK T

November 3rd, 2010
12:30 pm

Democrats/Liberals….you had your chance, you blew it, you lost…quit whinning, it sounds pathetic!…If Repubs dont get the job done, they’ll be kicked out too….unbelievable!

md

November 3rd, 2010
12:30 pm

“md, do you seriously dispute the “angrier” description?”

Not at all, just pointing out how you chose to write the headline. Could have gone with one a bit more generic, but chose not to. This one can have different interpretations, so I’m guessing it was intentional.

Could also have read – Younger, non-white and maybe less angry folks didn’t bother to show up at the polls………………….but it doesn’t.

Peadawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:30 pm

“Of course they are” – I guess we gotta disagree on that one. If a certain group doesn’t like a stereotype, then it’s up to them to change.

Also, why is it that rednecks are the only ones who laugh at their own stereotypes? Everybody else gets pissed.

paleo-neoCarlinist

November 3rd, 2010
12:31 pm

in the spirit of OCD repetition and delsuional he said/she said rot, I hereby officially pronounce myself a blindly-loyal, directionless lemming:

plu-toc-racy n., 1 – Government by the wealthy. 2 – A wealth class that controls a government.
plu-to-crat n., 1 – A member of a governing wealthy class. 2 – Anyone having political influence or control because of wealth.

stop fighting. embrace the plutocracy (the original “wealth envy and entitlement” crowd).

Paul

November 3rd, 2010
12:31 pm

USinUK

How about “You Voted for Change – NOT!”

or

“Cut Gov’t Programs
(just not mine)”

Del

November 3rd, 2010
12:32 pm

There will be a young and attractive new group of Republicans coming into Congress and Governorships who have potential. I don’t see the same kind of farm system within the Democratic party, only aging liberals who can’t really ignite enthusiasm. After Obama’s out in 012 whose left Hillary, don’t think so.

pat

November 3rd, 2010
12:32 pm

Can we at least agree that the election indicates that people really were on board with the extreme liberalism that was permeating the governement. 2008 was a referendum on the republicans, 2010 is a referendum on the democrats. Both need to do a better job. With things a little more in balance, they now have to work together or nothing will get done. I think that’s a good thing, it should be hard to make and change laws.

Paul

November 3rd, 2010
12:32 pm

Mark T

“If Repubs dont get the job done, they’ll be kicked out too…”

And who will you replace them with? Democrats?

Doggone/GA

November 3rd, 2010
12:32 pm

“If a certain group doesn’t like a stereotype, then it’s up to them to change.”

Nope, it is not up to them. It is up to those who invent and use stereotypes to LEARN about the people they so casually cast off by the use of those stereoptypes.

Jay

November 3rd, 2010
12:33 pm

actually, BadaBing, the breakdown among those with or without a college degree was the same: 46 percent for Democrats, 52 percent for Republicans among both groups.

Sorry to throw actual data at you.

Deep Throat

November 3rd, 2010
12:33 pm

Now that Oblamer can’t tell us to sit in back of the bus and keep quite, we can focus on 2012 when we send him packing.

MARK T

November 3rd, 2010
12:34 pm

Paul

Hopefully we wont have to find out..I believe they learned there lesson but i guess we’ll find out

paleo-neoCarlinist

November 3rd, 2010
12:34 pm

excuse me, I forgot to include Rand Paul and the Atlas Shruggers. plutocrats are also the original “rational self-interest” crowd. as if self-interest is “rational” to anyone who has stepped out of the cave.

Scout

November 3rd, 2010
12:35 pm

Hey, you over there ! Yes, you ! Obama ! Pay attention this time.

paleo-neoCarlinist

November 3rd, 2010
12:36 pm

plu-toc-racy n., 1 – Government by the wealthy. 2 – A wealth class that controls a government.
plu-to-crat n., 1 – A member of a governing wealthy class. 2 – Anyone having political influence or control because of wealth.

BADA BING

November 3rd, 2010
12:37 pm

Jay, I bet you fit 100% into the group I just named. Don’t be ashamed of it.

Peadawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:38 pm

You really honestly think stereotypes are made up? Take your political correctness crap somewhere else.

You ever been to a NASCAR race before? At Atlanta Motor Speedway,I would say 90% of the people in the stands fit the stereotypes of a redneck…and the embrace it. You ever worked at a pharmacy and notice the demographic of people on food stamps/medicaid? Like I said…if a group wants a stereotype to go away then they need to change. Or quit whining…one of the two.

Mick

November 3rd, 2010
12:38 pm

bada

The group you just named goes both ways – dems and repubs.

pat

November 3rd, 2010
12:39 pm

How about we say that Americans were angry? Is the anger less valid if it’s whites who are angry. Should white votes count less? What does it matter the demographic. The polls were open to all.

Paul

November 3rd, 2010
12:39 pm

Mark T

I’ve really wondered about that. People got sour and impatient pretty quickly. The election was “out with the old, in with the new” which meant replacing parties, plus incumbents.

Seems to me about the only thing left is to keep replacing incumbents and have it be a free for all with party affiliation. Either that, or people will get hopeless and turn it all back over to the party activists.

But the bar’s been set: you have less than two years, newbies. Good luck.

Doggone/GA

November 3rd, 2010
12:39 pm

paleo-neoCarlinist – all forms of government are, or become, plutocracies…the trick it to keep it down to a dull roar

USinUK

November 3rd, 2010
12:39 pm

Paul – 12:31 – I like the second one!

Scout

November 3rd, 2010
12:40 pm

Deep Throat

November 3rd, 2010
12:40 pm

Scout you’re asking for a miracle, it’ll be interesting to see what he says in his address at 1:00 but I don’t think he gets it.

Lil' Barry Bailout

November 3rd, 2010
12:41 pm

Looks to me like Jay’s post should be on the topic of why blacks are so partisan, or why the more successful tend to vote Republican.

Peadawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:42 pm

“What does it matter the demographic.”

Democrats gotta stir the pot somehow.

andygrdzki

November 3rd, 2010
12:42 pm

This was a positive/negative election from many standpoints. First, so many people became involved. Second, because of their involvement, good candidates and bad candidates were supported, and people will learn from this. Third, this election was marred by negativity, which we should all reject and hold nominees accountable for their actions. Fourth, we have seen the bias in cable and mainstream media, and we should reject this bias and hold them accountable. Fifth, true dialog has been lost between candidates. Sixth, there should not be a button for “straight party voting”, people should be made to think and vote. Seventh, we should demand specifics not generalities. Eight, we need changes to campaign finance, full disclosure and limitations. Ninth, people or candidates that make false accusations should be civilly charged. Tenth, look at the numbers of people that voted….. that is a great thing…..

Mick

November 3rd, 2010
12:42 pm

Here’s one issue you would think both parties might be able to find some common ground with – jobs, jobs, jobs.

Scout

November 3rd, 2010
12:43 pm

Jay:

Can you make a chart showing conservative “common sense” vs. liberal “emotionalism” ?

Jay

November 3rd, 2010
12:43 pm

“Blacks are such RACISTS…. Whites should wake up.”

ah, yes.

Kamchak

November 3rd, 2010
12:43 pm

This is rich—a twenty-something still wet-behind-the-ears trying to teach people twice his age about stereotyping.

Just can’t make this sh_t up.

USinUK

November 3rd, 2010
12:44 pm

“First, so many people became involved.”

um. total voting was DOWN, not up.

“Fifth, true dialog has been lost between candidates. ”

true, that.

Scout

November 3rd, 2010
12:44 pm

Mick

Not really.

The Dems. produce government jobs or short-term jobs just to make their stats look better.

Republicans want “real jobs” that people can count on over their careers.

MARK T

November 3rd, 2010
12:45 pm

Paul, I couldnt agree more

Scout

November 3rd, 2010
12:46 pm

Jay:

The correct statement is:

A lot of blacks are bigots just like a lot of whites, hispanics, asians and all the other flavors. Everyone should wake up.

paleo-neoCarlinist

November 3rd, 2010
12:46 pm

Doggone/GA, that’s the challenge, isn’t it? but seriously, is it possible to have a “compasionate” plutocracy? I mean, what is the purpose of the wealth buys access to influence, which buys more access to wealth form of government, if power can not be excercised and consolidated. Ike was right, and I just double-checked, George Carlin was a USAF airman during the Eisenhower administration. Carlin’s Commander-in-Chief was the original paleo-neo-Carlinist! who knew?

USinUK

November 3rd, 2010
12:47 pm

“Can you make a chart showing conservative “common sense””

yes, Jay … and while you’re at it, can you chart Unicorn velocity and Leprechaun density, as well?

Mick

November 3rd, 2010
12:47 pm

scout

Really? So building fighter jets and every part that goes with it doesn’t create jobs? How’s about job growth from infrastructure? Plenty of private contractors would argue with you on that point.

Doggone/GA

November 3rd, 2010
12:48 pm

“You really honestly think stereotypes are made up?”

yes, I honestly do. If (for example) “you” stereoptyped all brown-skinned people as “lazy, shiftless, Mexicans that are here illegally” and you saw my next door neighbor you would classify him as exactly matching that stereotype. He’s a perfect fit.

Problem is, he is a successful businessman with a large house, a nice family, and he is an American citizen.

You take YOUR stereotypes and shove ‘em where the sun don’t shine.

Scout

November 3rd, 2010
12:48 pm

Deep Throat:

No he won’t ……. he can’t. Any more than I could be a Ga. Tech fan, a Muslim or join the Air Force.

It’s part of who he is ……… his psyche.

By the way, when is he going to have a decent press conference and answer some tough questions?
Hasn’t he had the lowest number on record ?

USinUK

November 3rd, 2010
12:48 pm

““real jobs” that people can count on over their careers”

:lol:

and what jobs are those, again??? other than healthcare and education, I don’t know of ANY career that’s secure …

Jay

November 3rd, 2010
12:48 pm

From Nathan Deal’s press conference:

“Rogers Wade, the chairman of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, will lead Deal’s transition team, which also includes:

* Pete Robinson, chairman of Troutman Sanders’ lobbying arm and a veteran of the Capitol lobbying corp. Deal’s team indicated that Robinson would stop lobbying while serving on the transition.
* John Watson, Gov. Sonny Perdue’s former chief of staff and the founder of a major Atlanta lobbying firm.
* Philip Wilheit, the president of a Gainesville-based packaging firm and a major Deal donor and business partner.

Leading the inaugural committee will be Jay Morgan, a former campaign manager and a long-time lobbyist and Republican activist, and Tricia Pridemore, a Deal supporter and founder of the conservative 912 Project.”

Any notice a trend in those appointments?

Anybody in the Tea Party notice a trend in those appointments?

SwamiDave

November 3rd, 2010
12:49 pm

Jay:

Looking at the charts and data provided, it would appear that the electorate was indeed predominately white and older. However, it was also statisically more female (in a cycle in which there was no “gender gap”).

I do note that opposition to PrezBO is labelled as “angrier”; a term that was surprisingly absent from the 2006 & 2008 races in which liberals and Democrats took over control of government.

Nice to know that the talking points and narrative for opposition to regulation and confiscation is “anger”.

On the flip side, I suspect that liars and thieves usually perceive reasonable responses to their attempts to mislead and steal as “anger”. Maybe, like liars and thieves, the problem is not those who hold a negative perception of you (liberals)!

-SD

Liberals do with Legislation what Muggers do with Guns!

Mick

November 3rd, 2010
12:49 pm

usinuk @ 12:47

Now thats very witty of you – right on..

Ragnar Danneskjöld

November 3rd, 2010
12:49 pm

To the wise, those who elected to not vote sent a message yesterday also, and it sounded a lot like the message that rode the tidal wave.

Scout

November 3rd, 2010
12:50 pm

Mick:

And you make my point. That’s the kind of jobs Republicans want ………. not liberal Democrats who wouldn’t care if we never built another military airpcraft.

RW-(the original)

November 3rd, 2010
12:50 pm

I love the morning after analysis here at the Jay B blog. Why just two years ago the Republicans were deemed dead and gone forever.

USinUK

November 3rd, 2010
12:50 pm

heading home … have a good evening!!

Del

November 3rd, 2010
12:50 pm

I think it’s interesting to look at the national electoral map and see the sea of red and the blue highly populated enclaves mostly located on both coasts where most of the Dem’s strength exists. You look now at the Northeast and see how the blue is breaking up. No call out in Washington State yet but it’s close. Murry will probably end up winning a close one, however, if she doesn’t it could also be telling.

Doggone/GA

November 3rd, 2010
12:50 pm

“is it possible to have a “compasionate” plutocracy?”

It’s probably POSSIBLE, whether it is sustainable is another question. Someone (can’t remember who) said “the most efficient form of government is a benevolent dictatorship” – but of course the problem is that you can’t depend on that benevolence, and without that all you have is a dictatorship.

Peadawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:51 pm

Ok, Doggone…if you stereotype everyone who lives in New Jersey as partiers, drinkers, fist pumpers with a weird accent then watch that Jersey Shore show….do you really wonder where the stereotypes come from? Even people who live up there didn’t like the show b/c it re-enforced them.

Scout

November 3rd, 2010
12:51 pm

Jay:

Notice a “trend” in any of Obama’s appointments ?

MARK T

November 3rd, 2010
12:51 pm

Jay, What does the Tea Party have to do with that?

Jay

November 3rd, 2010
12:52 pm

The Tea Party professes to dislike lobbyists and special interests….

paleo-neoCarlinist

November 3rd, 2010
12:52 pm

peadawg, Li’l Barry, Scout, pat, et al:

plu-toc-racy n., 1 – Government by the wealthy. 2 – A wealth class that controls a government.
plu-to-crat n., 1 – A member of a governing wealthy class. 2 – Anyone having political influence or control because of wealth.

demographics include class as well as race. here we are on 11/3/10 and despite re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, the angry, white, older males haven’t “taken back” anything.

as Kamchack notes; it’s the day after, unemployment is still too high, there are still 20 million illegal immigrant parasites living off America, and I believe the market is down 25 points!

Scout

November 3rd, 2010
12:52 pm

Time to walk my dogs (Felony & Miss Demeanor).

You’all be nice.

MARK T

November 3rd, 2010
12:53 pm

The Tea Party didnt endorse Deal?

Peadawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:53 pm

Ragner, I didn’t vote yesterday so I could make fun of the people who voted for Deal OR Barnes. Neither one deserved to get elected.

Deep Throat

November 3rd, 2010
12:53 pm

Seems the Liberals are sore losers, just read their comments, makes me laugh, you think telling people to shove it or talking about Unicorns or snouting your nose tou are better than everyone . HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

barking frog

November 3rd, 2010
12:54 pm

Florida wins again. Scott is a bigger crook than Deal.

paleo-neoCarlinist

November 3rd, 2010
12:54 pm

JB, I’ll help you out re: Deal’s transition team:

plu-toc-racy n., 1 – Government by the wealthy. 2 – A wealth class that controls a government.
plu-to-crat n., 1 – A member of a governing wealthy class. 2 – Anyone having political influence or control because of wealth.