Gut Rumbles

November 04, 2004

the youth vote

Remember that much-ballyhooed "youth vote" that was supposed to roll to the polls and sweep John Kerry to victory? You know, the "youth vote" that never showed up? Yeah. That one.

I'm sure the "youth vote" enjoyed the rock concerts and all the publicity, but when push came to shove, the "youth vote" couldn't be bothered to put down their Playstation II games and make it to the polls. The Democrats believed that they had discovered another mother lode of dupes to vote for them, but the "youth vote" duped the Dems instead.

Oh, well. At least the Democrats kept their lock on the dead man vote.


My daughter won't be 18 until April. She SO wanted to be out there voting. Of course, she was voting for Bush.

Posted by: Ronda on November 4, 2004 10:47 AM

There was actually quite a lot of it, at least at my college.

The Democrats just didn't realize that a very significant portion (about 50/50 here) would go to Bush.

Posted by: Grand Fromage on November 4, 2004 11:18 AM

My well raised, very well educated, and highly motivated children (ages 21/19) took great pleasure voting in their first presidential election. Both proudly voted for our President.

Posted by: tybeebum on November 4, 2004 11:20 AM

I would if I could, but I can't so I won't.

Posted by: Gil-galad on November 4, 2004 11:37 AM

Well, we have a saying where I come from, Vote early AND vote often!
Well ... it keeps the federal prosecutors occupied. They have to have SOMETHING to do with their spare time.

Posted by: maggot on November 4, 2004 12:02 PM

Just glad the whole damn thing is over.

Posted by: James Old Guy on November 4, 2004 12:16 PM

....And your point Ronda?

Posted by: BUCK on November 4, 2004 12:30 PM

Part of the "youth vote" loss may be that while we told people to go out and register, we didn't tell them that you have to be in the place you registered to vote, you know, because we assume these morons know better.

A TON of idiot college students registered to vote with their home addresses and didn't think to get an absentee (at least at UNC) and so they couldn't get home to vote and were turned away from polls here because they didn't register their dorm addresses.

Now I ask you, does anyone pay attention in Civics anymore? Of course you have to vote where you register. Duh. Otherwise you're making improper votes.

That, and I'm sure the SpongeBob marathon was way more important than braving a 2 hour line......

Posted by: caltechgirl on November 4, 2004 12:45 PM

I'm a "youth voter."

Voted for Dubya.

MSM can kiss my ass.

Posted by: Ingemar on November 4, 2004 02:22 PM

Yeah, me too. Except that I've voted before and I think I'm old since I play with undergraduates.....

Posted by: caltechgirl on November 4, 2004 04:32 PM

my daughter's split on it, one voted for Kerry and one for Bush. They are 23 and 20 years old. I'm just happy they took advantage of their right to vote, a lot of their friends blew it off. They have their reasons for their choices, I did not try to sway them one way or the other. (I voted for President Bush). I'm proud of both of them for making what they deemed the best informed choice.

Posted by: gregor on November 4, 2004 07:02 PM

The mythic image of the youth vote is girls with pink dreadlocks that show up at rallies and protests and stuff. The people who have peircings where there isn't even really anything to peirce, like the middle of the forehead. Not squaresville squares who're planning to join the army, own land, run a non-fantasy bussiness of their own, etc.

Posted by: Dave Munger on November 4, 2004 07:05 PM

Yeah, P. Diddy's got a lot of killing to do.

Posted by: eieio on November 4, 2004 07:23 PM

When you're pushing for the vote from a generallyapathetic group, they must believe in the candidate to get off their asses and vote for him. Can anyone truly believe in Kerry?

Posted by: Jordan on November 4, 2004 07:44 PM

As the Opinion Journal Best of the Web says,
don't discount the Roe effect on the young voters. A whole generation has been eliminated due to abortion.

Posted by: Kim on November 4, 2004 08:33 PM

....And your point Ronda?

Posted by BUCK at November 4, 2004 12:30 PM

uh, and your point, Buck?

Posted by: girl on November 5, 2004 01:36 AM

hee...thanks girl. Not sure what Bucks issue is with me.

Posted by: Ronda on November 5, 2004 07:17 AM

Nevermind issue, I was just being a wiseass. ;-)

Posted by: Buck on November 5, 2004 10:48 AM

It's all good then. :-)

Posted by: Ronda on November 5, 2004 10:53 AM

My 20 year old son voted for the first time, for Bush. So did my 22 year old daughter. I guess I must have done something right.

But it may have more to do with the fact that daughter's boyfriend is over in the sand box, as is their step-brother.

Posted by: Don on November 5, 2004 05:09 PM

Most of the "yutes" woke up on election morning, aw it was raining, and said "bummer, man" and went back to sleep.

Wat to rally the vote Springsteen!

Posted by: AirborneCracker on November 5, 2004 05:58 PM
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