Democratic Party's slide in Oklahoma shows no sign of reversing any time soon

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: September 5, 2012

Edmondson's advice to “think generationally” needs a reality check. Obama was helped by the young demographic in 2008, but this is the same group suffering from high unemployment under Obama's administration. The young man in this campaign isn't Obama. It's GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

Collins is 71 years old. One of the least controversial things he's said since taking the chairmanship is that “there's too many gray hairs and bald heads” at party functions. His Republican counterpart, Matt Pinnell, was just 30 when he took over the party in 2010, the year Republicans won every statewide office and increased their clout in the Legislature.

If thinking “generationally” is the prescription for reversing Democratic fortunes in Oklahoma, that drug had better be dispensed soon. Nationwide, young people supported Obama by a 2-1 margin in 2008. This won't happen in 2012. The young, like the rest of us, have seen what “hope and change” is all about.

In Oklahoma, it's about to result in the most Republican state government in history because the distaste among Democrats for what Obama has to offer is palpable. No matter how old you are.

Thinking generationally? How about thinking rationally and admitting that the national Democratic Party is destroying what's left of the party in Oklahoma?

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