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David Ripley: Seniors Rise Up to Defend Themselves

November 8th, 2010 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

A fascinating analysis has just appeared on the Politico website, detailing the massive defection of seniors to the Republican Party in last week’s election. Not only does this represent a major rebuke of the Democrat leadership – the vote serves as a wholesale rejection of the “advocacy” served up by groups like the AARP in the past few years.
There can be no doubt that the national election served as a referendum on ObamaCare. There can also be no sober argument over the fact that the country has expressed its profound opposition to federalized health care; the polling data reviewed by Politico demonstrates conclusively that America’s senior citizens led the way. That should serve to minimize the future credibility of groups like AARP – which sold its soul to support ObamaCare.

Despite the earnest propaganda efforts of AARP, seniors in New Hampshire supported pro-Life Republican Kelly Ayotte over her Democrat opponent by a whopping 33%. The victorious Mark Kirk was elected by a margin of 22% among Illinois seniors.

Politico quotes Jim Martin of the 60 Plus Association:

“I’ve been saying since August, 2009 that there was a tsunami – in this case, a senior citizen tsunami – headed towards Capitol Hill. That tsunami came ashore.”

That uprising among American seniors is obviously directly tied to the draconian threats posed by ObamaCare: health care rationing and massive cuts to Medicaid.

With such clear repudiation of their leadership in hand, the AARP is going to have to figure out what seniors actually want – or relinquish any claim to “represent” them in public policy discussions.

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