I have spent a few hours today helping out at a polling place just outside of Harvard Sq. What I have seen so far is a heavy turnout of senior citizens and they are unified in their anger at Beacon Hill and Washington. Keep in mind many of these elders came of age with Jack Kennedy and Tip O'Neill in Cambridge. Yet today I have seen many clutching the Metro and NY POST and saying how they agree.
What is fueling their anger is the announcement a couple of weeks ago that the cost of living index has not gone up enough to merit an increase in their social security checks. They are very, very upset.
This polling place also has several Harvard undergraduate and graduate residences in it and as of 2:30 PM the students are NOT voting at all.
Tip O'Neill said famously "ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL" - and he would be listening to these people. I fear Obama and his advisors do not.