Why what Michelle is telling children matters to Mitt Romney and senior citizens, his largest base

First Lady Michelle Obama at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards
Anxious to find ways to get “Anybody-But-Obama” senior citizens to vote for her husband, Michelle Obama is usurping parents, exploiting her media access to enlist children to view their grandparents as “wrong people” who must be pressured to vote for Barack.

Before speaking at the Kids Choice Awards [photo], Mrs. Obama spoke directly to children at a $500/ticket California fundraiser where for “a cool $38,500, a family of six could get a photo with the first lady at the event.” From MICHELLE TO KIDS: TELL GRANDMA TO VOTE OBAMA

I mean, I can’t tell you in the last election how many grandparents I ran into who said, I wasn’t going to vote for Barack Obama until my grandson talked to me, until my great-grandson talked to me, and talked about the future he wanted for this country.

You can get out there with your parents. You guys can knock on doors. I had one young lady who brought me a petition — she’s already working. You can convince wrong people. Sometimes we don’t listen to ourselves, but we will listen to our children.

Michelle is telling these kids that the “wrong people” are their grandparents and your great-grandparents. They’re so “wrong” that they are not going to vote for Obama. You kids just HAVE to save them from themselves! Forget your parents. You’ll have to do this yourselves!

And, kids, be sure to “knock on doors” and tell more adults that they’re “wrong” unless they vote for Obama. They’ll doubtless be impressed by your beliefs in Barack and Michelle.

This story has been passed around at a few conservative sites, including PJ Tatler and Breitbart.com, and linked at Drudge Report.

But, except for around a couple small stories, the Mainstream Media has ignored what Michelle Obama told children.

First Lady Michelle Obama at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards the day after her remarks to children
Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com has some interesting insights on the unseemly use of Michelle to get the votes of older Americans:

Michelle Obama, who has quickly become the Obama campaign’s tip of the spear when it comes to fundraising and vote-getting, is now stumping for children to convince their “great-grandparents” to vote for her husband.


This is a hallmark of leftist campaigning – the notion that children possess some sort of inherent wisdom to which their elders must heed. It’s insulting and ridiculous, but it’s also the same sort of electioneering that got Obama elected the first time. But during the 2008 election cycle, President Obama hadn’t yet sold out future generations to finance his world-remaking vision.

Primarily, however, Michelle’s focus is based on poll results closely monitored by Obama’s Chicago campaign headquarters. From Business Week magazine:

Romney wins seniors age 65 and over by 19 points.

The Mature Market site has more numbers:

Concern about President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform turned many seniors Republican; with 59 percent of those 65 or older voting Republican compared to 51 percent for those 60-64.

President Obama continues to hold a substantial edge among 18 to 29 year old voters, while voters age 65 and older currently favor Romney by a slightly larger margin than they backed McCain. (Source: PEW Research – The Generation Gap and the 2012 Election)

Silent voters (ages 66 to 83) favor Romney 54 percent to 41 percent (President Obama). (Source: PEW Research – The Generation Gap and the 2012 Election)

Baby Boomers (ages 47 to 65) split their vote evenly between President Obama and McCain in 2008, but Romney now holds a six-point edge among those voters today. (Source: PEW Research – The Generation Gap and the 2012 Election) … See more stats.

An op-ed at The Hill explains Barack’s reelection challenges:

The president has lost seniors and most likely won’t get the same bounce from the young. And that is what makes the so-called “war on women” campaign so important for the Obama White House. […]

“You can get out there with your parents. You guys can knock on doors. I had one young lady who brought me a petition — she’s already working. You can convince wrong people.”

Michelle Obama to children at a San Francisco fundraiser.

[T]he program created by Republicans in 2003 to modernize Medicare with a prescription drug benefit remains very popular with senior citizens and with most voters.

Vice President Biden traveled to Florida last week … to talk to a group of senior citizens about the Paul Ryan budget and Medicare, making a valiant effort to change the subject from the administration’s own track 
record on healthcare. But there is no sign that such tactics will work, as senior citizens remain highly displeased with the half-trillion in cuts to the Medicare program to pay for ObamaCare.


[C]alling Romney the godfather of ObamaCare is not going to help its real father in the next election. This law is a political liability for the president, and if the Supreme Court declares that it passes constitutional muster (and most analysts currently think it will), then it will remain a political liability for the president’s team.

The president’s law is unpopular because it amounts to healthcare rationing. That explains why senior citizens don’t like it very much, because they know instinctively that their healthcare will be rationed first.

Here’s more proof via exit polls in a snarky Daily Beast article, “Super Tuesday: Mitt Romney’s Senior Citizen Surge“:

Once again tonight, voters 65 and older were among Romney’s staunchest supporters. They were his best cohort in Vermont and Virginia. They may have saved his bacon in Ohio, where he walloped Santorum . … [In] Tennessee, the seniors went Romney.

But wait! There’s more: Seniors were key to Romney’s Michigan victory. They were his biggest backers in Nevada and, more importantly, his electoral powerhouse of Florida. They were the only age bracket he won in Iowa.

As for life beyond the primary, senior voters are the only age group in which Romney is outpolling President Obama.

The bulk of the American electorate may not consider Mittens scintillating, but the 65-plus set clearly finds him pretty darn charming. …

Aside from the Daily Beast snark, we can discern why Michelle is recruiting children who can’t even vote.

The Obama campaign has its sights set on Romney’s strengths. And we all know that Axelrod and crew specialize in isolating and attacking their opponents’ assets. Using whatever method will do the job.

Imagine how Axelrod will go after Paul Ryan’s budget, proving to seniors that Mitt Romney is going to take their Medicare and Social Security away. It’s already happening, but I have a hunch that Chicago is just getting started. Come Fall 2012, lord knows what Chicago will be telling seniors about Mitt Romney.