Thursday, February 07, 2008

The youth vote

Pundits and politicians talk about them every election. One candidate is always going to bring them in. This year, it's Obama that's generating all the buzz and excitement. But can politicians ever really count on them?

Obama girl, the gorgeous babe who made the video, didn't show up to her primary.
“I didn’t get a chance to vote today because I’m not registered to vote in New York,” she said.
She's registered in New Jersey and couldn't make it in. Heh. (From Iowahawk, via Instapundit.)



Blogger Mike LaRoche said...

It seems that every presidential election year (since at least 1968), liberals and Democrats claim to have locked up the youth vote and that conservatives and Republicans are well on their way to extinction. But it never pans out.

As many people become older and are "mugged by reality" they tend to become increasingly conservative, much to the dismay of the left.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Moroni said...

We in heaven are not one bit pleased with the events that have unfolded this week in regards to our preference for presidential candidate. Not pleased one bit.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Moroni plays the Mamaba! Listen to the radio...don't you remember...

8:10 AM  
Anonymous moroni said...

Dear wicked and ignorant one,

Marconi plays the Mamba …
I plays the Golden Plates!!

Please remember and repent!

Eternal love,
Angel Moroni

12:00 PM  
Blogger kathy said...

so weird she didn't vote -- in the video she seems like such a serious, thoughtful person!

(ps nice to see you bloggig!)

4:21 PM  
Blogger Mike LaRoche said...

I plays the Golden Plates!!

Is that like playing the xylophone?

8:19 PM  
Anonymous moroni said...

Is that like playing the xylophone?

Heavy sigh oh wicked one named Laroche.

It is closer to the vibraphone (, but of course made of gold instead of aluminum, and a much sweeter and soulful - especially the way I plays it - sound.

Angel Moroni

9:01 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

so weird she didn't vote -- in the video she seems like such a serious, thoughtful person!

Well, that's my point. How much of the youth excitement is serious?

3:13 PM  
Blogger kathy said...

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6:42 PM  
Blogger kathy said...

(screwed that up, sorry)

and it's an excellent point. but I wouldn't want to judge all Youth from this flaky girl--but on the other hand, I was a pretty flaky youth myself. On the third hand, I did vote!

okay so you made me do some research just now (HARD) and here's one thing I found on Politico:

"Older voters are coming out in greater numbers, too, thanks to the competitive races in both parties. But young people are increasing their turnout more, and as a result their share of the electorate has risen in every state.

"Youth turnout rose in every Super Tuesday state for which comparative data was available, except in New York, where it stayed the same. In some states, it increased dramatically over 2000 levels. In Oklahoma, it rose from 4 percent to 14 percent, and it tripled from 7 to 21 percent in Missouri.

“'If you look at the sheer number of young people who voted in 2000 and 2004, if you look at how much the percentages rose, [the increase is] huge,' said Chrissy Faessen, a spokesperson for Rock the Vote.
But, a cynic might note, young people still come out at a far lower rate than older voters. For example, while youth turnout may have gone way up in Oklahoma, it lags far behind voters older than 30, 33 percent of whom came out on Super Tuesday."

So . . . who knows.

6:46 PM  

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