Sunday, February 24, 2008

An Unlikely Constituency

What follows is a conversation I overhead two days ago at a free lunch program in a senior center in New York City. I am recording it as faithfully as my memory allows.

Old Man: I hope it's Hillary that gets the nomination.
Old Woman: No! I want Obama!
[minor bickering around the table for a moment]
Old Woman: I just think he's going to be the best.
Old Woman II: Well, after Bush.
Old Woman: Right, of course. I would vote for Bush again, but he's not running. So I hope it's Obama.

That's right. As reported first here, Barack Obama seems to be capturing the elderly, New York City, fixed-income, pro-George W. Bush constituency. Victory now is inevitable.

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