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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Obama Youth Continued

posted by on January 9 at 12:40 PM

Given last night’s news, which was breaking as we were going to press, we decided to yank a story by Sarah Mirk about the Obama youth vote in Iowa.

Mirk, a former news intern, is a youth. Caucused in Iowa. And she’s pals with Alec Schierenbeck. Schierenbeck is the President of the Iowa College Democrats and the face of the youth movement—at least according to the NYT last Thursday night.

Schierenbeck (in the Kerry t-shirt), signs in the night’s first caucus voter in the Grinnell College gymnasium

Sarah filed a great piece, and worked her ass off all Obama-weekend while she was on Winter break and was supposed to be hanging out with her boy friend’s family and playing Scattergories.

Despite last night’s monkey wrench, Iowa is still a big moment, and Mirk’s dispatch on Schierenbeck and Obama is worth reading.

An excerpt:

When the crowd thins out that night after the caucus results are in, I find myself next to Schierenbeck. While the rest of the Obama students around us are grinning and beginning to open bottles of wine, Schierenbeck is barely smiling. He’s honest to God misty-eyed. So I do what any good friend would do. I make fun of him. “Are you going to cry?!” I laugh. Schierenbeck looks over at me and replies, with no hint of irony or facetiousness or any of those other emotions at which we youths excel. Instead, his face is full of relief and hope and he says, very seriously, “It’s just so important.”

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So wait... you yanked a good article worth reading and replaced it with what? Coverage of last night's primary?

That article was good reading... why did you decide to yank it?

Posted by Phelix | January 9, 2008 12:47 PM

I can't believe you would post something about people making fun of crying people. It just proves you are sexist and Caucasiaphobic. Strength through weakness!

Posted by Ziggity | January 9, 2008 1:09 PM

as a junior in college, i'm not ashamed to say i did the same thing. except i had tears well up last night in amazement and hope when hillary won new hampshire.

speaking of which, can the stranger look into young, LGBT support of hillary clinton? as a young gay man, most of my straight friends support obama, but an overwhelming majority of my gay and lesbian friends support clinton. could be an interesting story...

Posted by Cook | January 9, 2008 1:55 PM

@3: Interesting, especially since Obama supports repealing DOMA while Clinton only wants to modify it.

Posted by annie | January 9, 2008 3:49 PM

hey annie, i agree that it doesn't necessarily "make sense" why i don't support obama. most of the time i just tell people "well he doesn't have enough experience" or something like that, but that really doesn't matter to me.

i read this op article a couple days ago by gloria steinem in the NYT which really crystallized a lot of what i've been thinking. if obama is the nominee, i will still campaign for him, just like i did in 2004 (before i could even vote) after dean lost, but aren't primaries really about who you truly want to be president?

Posted by Cook | January 9, 2008 5:25 PM

also, annie, i wanted to say your coverage of obama (assuming you are the stranger annie) and the issues is really good and challenges a lot of what i think, which is hard to come by in a lot of places. keep up the good writing.

Posted by Cook | January 9, 2008 5:28 PM

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