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8/6/2008

A Little Wishful Whistling Past the Graveyard From Sullivan

Filed under: General — WLS @ 7:47 pm



Posted by WLS:

Andy Sullivan offers up Excuse No. 647 for why Obama’s polling has dropped the last couple weeks.  Linking to fellow Atlantic Blogger Marc Ambinder, who,   among other rationalizations, offers this:

Right now, the type of voter who’s paying attention is primed to support John McCain. After the conventions, when younger voters typically tune in — and by younger here, I mean, under 55 or so — then Obama’s margins will widen because these folks are his folks.

Funny, I don’t remember the “our guys aren’t paying attention” meme when Obama had the +15% Newsweek poll, or when his Gallup number bumped up to +9% only 10 days ago.

16 Responses to “A Little Wishful Whistling Past the Graveyard From Sullivan”

  1. Selective memories, some of dose Dems…

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

  2. After the conventions is when the younger voters typically go back to school, get wrapped up in their studies and college life in general, and then don’t make it to the polls in November.

    In other words, I just gave Sullivan his next excuse.

    Icy Truth (383bff)

  3. IT — I guess it’s because they start paying attention closer to the election that they are notorious for not voting when election day rolls around.

    WLS (26b1e5)

  4. Maureen Dowd chimed in again with the racist voters excuse, not realizing she’s dissing 90% of blacks who want Obama. Two bites, one apple.

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

  5. VN, isn’t it amazing how the Dems just cannot bring themselves to STFU about race?

    Icy Truth (383bff)

  6. How many times must I tell you people ?

    You people? Your people. Africa. Tribe. you get it. Racist.

    JD (712926)

  7. I guess they see their train leaving the station, so now or never.

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

  8. 200s BC: Emperor Qin searches for the elixir of life –> Middles Ages: King Arthur seeks the Holy Grail –> 1500s: Ponce de León hunts for the Fountain of Youth –> 2000, 2004, 2008…: Democrats pursue the youth vote

    Anon (db8e0c)

  9. After the conventions, when younger voters typically tune in-…

    Right now they’re apparently tuned in to their bongs. Not to worry though, they’ll put them down come November. What, with so much at stake and all?

    Chris (da1e70)

  10. McCain leads with likely voters. The youth vote largely disappears by election day. The Atlantic

    Patricia (f56a97)

  11. The youth vote largely disappears by election day.

    Seriously, after the conventions they need to get busy and go away. Friends don’t let friends become messiahs.

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

  12. The youth vote will become fully engaged when they are drafted and sent to the Iraq meat grinder.

    What? There is no draft and the Iraq war has been won? Stupid 40 year old Vietnam playbook.

    Perfect Sense (9d1b08)

  13. I agree with the historical youth vote numbers. They are abysmal.

    However, with the onset of the early voting trends, whether by mail/absentee or in person, I fear that the students just might take advantage of voting at their leisure. I see the Dems, and MTV, and the drive-bys, exhorting the students to apply for early voting. There will be a pronounced push on campuses (or campi as Rush might say) to facilitate the students.

    I sure hope I’m wrong.

    By the by….JD – I cannot get enough of your “Racist!” posts. For realz. You crack me up. Never stop!!! It, and you, are a Patterico institution.

    Ed (841b4a)

  14. So Obama’s voters will tune in after the convention. Looks like the use of an outdoor stadium is a waste of time then.

    And when they do get around to ‘tuning in’, how long will that last? Will they be able to maintain their excitement until voting day? Or will they be busy having sex with the person they met at the Obama ‘Hooked on phonies’ rally?

    MagicalPat (236421)

  15. Under 55 age group?! I have been thinking, but I grew up in the late 1970s under the reign of error, AKA the Carter years. I remember that things were not all that well. Odd and even days to get gasoline. A president sitting on television with a sweater saying that if we all did the same thing it would solve the then energy crisis. And what about the Soviet Union running rampant unchecked under the guise of detente? More land mass fell under the spectre of Soviet communism during the Carter years than any other time since the end of World War II. And of course our national strength being destroyed by a tyranical Islamofacist regime in Iran. I give those in my age group more credit. We remember those days well and do not want a return to that time.

    Mark J. Goluskin (7d94a9)

  16. Exactly, Mark, we have connected the dots. Oil costs us money, money goes to Middle East, Middle East buys terrorists, Americans die.

    Patricia (f56a97)


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