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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hoping for a new generation of useful dupes

The NYT has an article about how students who worked so hard for Obama's campaign victory in 2008 just aren't feeling it this time around. Sure, they'll vote for him, but they just don't think they'll volunteer the way they did back then. After all, they're older now and have to put that effort into finding a job, something that hasn't become easier since their hero moved into the White House.

But not to worry - the Obama campaign figures that there will be more from where they came.
Mr. Obama’s advisers, while acknowledging the shift, said they were confident that the loss of these workers would be negated by an influx of new students who have turned of voting age since 2008. Mr. Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, said there had been eight million voters ages 18 to 21 registered since the last election, most of whom were Democrats.

“Their brothers and sisters started it, and they are going to finish it,” Mr. Messina said Monday. “They are storming into our office. Our volunteer numbers are up from where we thought they would be.”
Perhaps. Of course, this is one of those media stories built all around anecdotal evidence with few numbers except to note that the Young Democrats club at UNLV used to be much bigger than the Young Republicans and now they're about even. Well, I can compete with anecdotes. I teach high school kids. Last time, many of them were thrilled about Obama's candidacy. They were totally into Hope and Change and the excitement of the moment. Now, not so much. They're more meh about his whole presidency. That doesn't mean that they're enthusiastic about any of the Republicans; except for a few kids who are really interested, students today are back to their usual indifference to public affairs. That's not what the Obama campaign is hoping for.

3 comments:

LarryD said...

Any reduction of enthusiasm implies lower turnout come election day. Add that to the losses among independents and ...

pumping-irony said...

Obama 2008 was a cult of personality (yeah, much ado about nothing, but bear with me here.) Obama 2012 is "been there, done that" or maybe "how the mightly useless have fallen." Pedestrian failed politicians don't inspire a whole lot of enthusiasm. Expect the trendy folks who showed up in 2008 to not bother in 2012. On the other hand, the realistic types who aren't given to flights of fancy will be there, as usual. This fact will not favor the incumbent.

tfhr said...

mark,

Don't worry they'll still need you old dupes to guide the new fools!