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Generation Jones could give GOP surprise win in midterms
The Washington Times ^ | Nov 2, 2006 | Suzanne Fields

Posted on 11/06/2006 7:50:34 PM PST by politico 2006

...there's a voting cohort between Generation Xers and boomers that bears watching. They're the not-so-young of Generation Jones. If they're not "the lost generation" they're invisible to most of our culture commentators. The Joneses, who were born between 1954 and 1965, are usually included in the boomer cohort, but Jonathan Pontell, a pop culture consultant who coined the name, says that's a mistake. He thinks the Jonesers may be crucial in next week's congressional elections. "Coming of age politically in the late 1970s and early 1980s," he says, "Jonesers were the much discussed 'ReaganYouth,' and is the most conservative U.S. generation by a considerable margin." He credits Jonesers, particularly the women, with tipping the election for George W. in the swing states two years ago when they comprised approximately a quarter of the electorate. They are disproportionately represented among theme voters, such as NASCAR enthusiasts, Office Park Dads and Soccer-Security-Mortgage Moms. They cluster around issues of "moral values," and were polled as pulling away from conservative candidates after the Foley scandal. Now the latest polls show that they have conspicuously returned to the Republican base (apologies to Peggy Noonan). What makes them different from the boomers is that during their formative years, while their older brothers and sisters were indulging the hedonistic pleasures of Woodstock, they were at home watching the Brady Bunch and supping on mashed potatoes with both parents at the dinner table. They were not traumatized by the Kennedy assassination, but were terrified by Jimmy Carter's Iranian hostage crisis. They weren't interested in kicking Richard Nixon around, but were grateful to Ronald Reagan for restoring America's strength in the world... Next week we're likely to learn which candidates kept up with the Joneses. Copyright © 2006 News World Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: generationjones; jones; midtermelections
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Fascinating stuff. I saw Pontell on Fox News Channel and MSNBC in the last few days talking about Generation Jones and its potential huge role in the midterms, and I must say, he makes a strong case for it. This link to more about this is really eye-opening:http://www.generationjones.com/2006midterms.html
1 posted on 11/06/2006 7:50:35 PM PST by politico 2006
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To: politico 2006
I'm a Jonesing Jones for the GOP. LOL! I was born in 1962.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

2 posted on 11/06/2006 7:53:25 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: politico 2006

Pubbies got the Jones, Dems got the Johnsons.


3 posted on 11/06/2006 7:53:43 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter ( I am sitting under my cone of silence, inside a copper wire cage wearing a tin foil hat...)
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To: politico 2006

I see that FOX brought Pat Cadell out to worry the democrats tonight.


4 posted on 11/06/2006 7:53:51 PM PST by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: leda

Finally, somebody doesn't lump us with the damn boomers.


5 posted on 11/06/2006 7:56:43 PM PST by patton (Sanctimony frequently reaps its own reward.)
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To: cripplecreek
I was only 16 when Jimmy Carter was President. My teen years were downright forgettable.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

6 posted on 11/06/2006 7:57:10 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: politico 2006

I hope they flip the Dems the middle finger.

I think there are a number of momentum variables the Dems haven't taken into account that will crush their hopes of victory.


7 posted on 11/06/2006 7:58:48 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Show them no mercy, for you shall receive none!)
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To: politico 2006
I'm a Jones-er and I am pulling straight Rs tomorrow.... baaaaaaaaaby!
8 posted on 11/06/2006 7:59:55 PM PST by avacado
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To: cripplecreek

LOL. What's Pat saying?


9 posted on 11/06/2006 8:00:47 PM PST by My2Cents (The Democrat Party's '06 platform: Offering a "Suicide Pact With America.")
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To: qam1

Ping to interesting commentary on generational politics, although it's not gen-x.


10 posted on 11/06/2006 8:01:33 PM PST by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: politico 2006

My brother, born in '54, is more of a boomer than a Joneser. But I have a sister born in '61 who takes no prisoners. ;)

I remember when I was in college, my sister complained to me that our parents were the only ones who were still together and that many of her classmates were going to school stoned or drunk. I considered the Jonsers the beginning of the end. I hope I'm wrong.


11 posted on 11/06/2006 8:01:42 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: goldstategop

Cadell knows how to lose and he always shows up to tell the democrats they're doing a real fine job of it.


12 posted on 11/06/2006 8:01:53 PM PST by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: My2Cents

Cadell was saying what he always says. The democrats could F up a wet dream. LOL


13 posted on 11/06/2006 8:03:21 PM PST by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: patton

I was born in 1964, and that pretty much sums me up.


14 posted on 11/06/2006 8:03:48 PM PST by Right Angler
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To: sageb1
Ann Coulter is a fellow Jones.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

15 posted on 11/06/2006 8:03:55 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: cripplecreek

Pat always sounds sad and forlorn. But he seems to think the Dems will win, even if they only hold power for 2 years.

I was born in '59. Count me as a Republican. :) I've never thought of myself as part of the baby boom generation though they usually say anyone born up to 1964 is.


16 posted on 11/06/2006 8:05:51 PM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: cripplecreek
I think he's right. The Democrats kept Reid and Pelosi in the closet and were counting by winning on nothing. They never did run on their strongest issues. And then John Kerry reminded the public they still haven't changed. Democrats, apres les deluge.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

17 posted on 11/06/2006 8:05:59 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: cripplecreek
Cadell was saying what he always says. The democrats could F up a wet dream. LOL

Heheheh. Love Caddell. (Hubby's glued to the Seahawks-Raiders game, so no Fox News until game's over.)

18 posted on 11/06/2006 8:06:00 PM PST by Inspectorette (Prayers for 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub - American Hero)
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To: patton
Really.

L

19 posted on 11/06/2006 8:06:25 PM PST by Lurker (A liberal thinks they can sleep in and someone will cover their lame ass. Ted Nugent)
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To: patton

I was born in 1957, and I was, I am and I always will be a boomer. This Jones stuff is bull.


20 posted on 11/06/2006 8:07:29 PM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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