2008 Trick or Vote
posted by September 18 at 17:10 PMon
But it’s an interesting concept—essentially, turning Halloween into one giant get-out-the-vote opportunity—and it reminds me of something I’ve been thinking: Everyone says young people (like the folks at Washington Bus) are the secret, somewhat hidden weapon in Barack Obama’s election arsenal.
I think there’s another side to that coin: Young people are the ones who got the Democratic party to buy into the very idea that Barack Obama could win. He would not have won the Iowa caucuses so convincingly without that huge surge in voting by young people in the state, and if he hadn’t won the Iowa caucuses so convincingly, the Democrats might very well have had a different candidate going into the general. Someone safer. Someone, most likely, named Hillary. Whatever you feel about how events actually transpired, it’s pretty clear that young voters are on the hook for this Obama business—for better or for worse.
Yes, young voters get blamed every cycle for not turning out. But this time, if they don’t turn out, it will be a doubly-damning type of blame. They’ll be the people who convinced everyone else to join the Obama team, and then found something better to do when it really counted.