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Obama Tries To Rally Stupid College Vote

From a concerned Associated Press:

In this Feb. 12, 2008, then Democratic-presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama greets supporters before a rally in Madison Wis.

Obama looks to reenergize youth vote, get late Democratic surge for midterms

By Philip Ruckerand Anne E. Kornblut
Monday, September 27, 2010

MADISON, WIS. – President Obama will swoop into the heartland this week in a high-stakes bid to boost enthusiasm for Democrats by reigniting the coalition of young and minority voters who were critical to his success two years ago.

With polls showing independent voters swinging toward Republicans in Wisconsin and the nation’s other battlegrounds, Democrats are turning elsewhere to make up ground. So on Tuesday in Madison, Obama will stage the first in a series of rallies on college campuses designed to persuade what some call his "surge" voters – the roughly 15 million Americans who voted for the first time in 2008 – to return to the polls this fall.

In other words, the Democrats are counting on the uninformed voters – the stupids — that Mr. Kerry recently mentioned.

But without Obama on the ballot this year, his grass-roots network is a shadow of its former self. And with just five weeks before the midterm elections, Obama’s political advisers acknowledge that transferring the goodwill he cultivated over a historic presidential bid to an array of other Democrats has proved difficult.

"A lot of these voters feel very strongly about the president, but still a lot of them aren’t showing enough predilection to vote," said David Plouffe, Obama’s 2008 campaign manager and an architect of the Democrats’ midterm strategy…

What did Mr. Kerry say again? “We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening.”

Yes, that would sum up these Obama voters nicely.

The students on this leafy, generally liberal campus once constituted one of the strongest battalions in Obama’s grass-roots army. Two years later, the political dynamic has changed. Across campus, stickers, signs or chalkings [sic] for any politician are scarce. The laundromat where Obama’s young volunteers once staged late-night phone banks and planned bus trips to neighboring Iowa has gone out of business.

Now that is symbolic.

And some students who say they voted for Obama in 2008 now say they don’t even know who’s on the ballot this fall.

They didn’t know who was on the ballot in 2008, either. But, sadly, that didn’t stop them from voting.

Democrats hope Tuesday’s rally could provide a needed jump-start. The event, featuring singer-songwriter Ben Harper, will be simulcast on more than 200 other campuses and be amplified by similar youth-oriented events in other states, featuring surrogates including Vice President Biden. On Monday, Obama will host an on-the-record conference call with college student journalists to tout his administration’s record on issues important to young people.

Again, notice how much the Democrats have to depend upon people who have little or no experience with real life and who are largely pig ignorant about the issues of the day.

[P]arty officials are banking on Obama to reengage his 2008 supporters. The Democratic National Committee has made this the keystone of its $50 million midterm strategy, hoping that turning out even a small fraction of Obama surge voters could help swing races in competitive states…

Obama won Wisconsin, 56 percent to 43 percent, over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), but his approval rating in the state has fallen over the past two years, mirroring national trends. Obama has made three stops here in two months, most recently a Labor Day rally in Milwaukee. Feingold did not appear with Obama there and will not share the stage at his alma mater Tuesday

What does Mr. Feingold know that a child of 26 does not?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Obama Tries To Rally Stupid College Vote”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    “Obama Tries To Rally Stupid College Vote”

    Yup…….couldn’t have said it better!

    DingleBarry would do better holding a kegger summit on the WH lawn to buy votes from college students. (less expensive to boot)

  2. proreason says:

    It’s amazing they haven’t yet extended the vote to the infant children of liberals….and formally to deceased registered Democrats.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    Getting petulant with his base: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100928/D9IGSMBG3.html

    He’s at critical mass. The bumbled presser and embarassing townhall were commercial teases for his public meltdown. Oh, please Bam, Biden, Axe, whoever – please just keep ripping your base apart. We need all the headway we can get on that front.

  4. canary says:

    Joe Biden is telling democratic voters to quit whining and vote democrat or else everything will be lost. It seems as if the Democratic leaders are lashing out blaming
    everyone else.

  5. Adam Moreira says:

    This article seems to be selling college students short – if the author visited a college campus expecting people to be ignorant on the issues, the author would be sorely disappointed.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      And that’s calling the AP outright liars.

    • proreason says:

      “And that’s calling the AP outright liars.”

      no need to be redudant here, Adam

    • hushpuppy says:

      Not satisfied with lecturing college students, he gives Rolling Stone magazine an earful:

      Obama’s decision to grant an interview of more than an hour to the hip magazine Rolling Stone reflected a bid to energize young voters who helped propel him to the presidency two years ago, an effort that includes a trip to college campuses this week.

      Obama revealed that he has about 2,000 songs on his iPod, many of them the music of his youth, such as Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan. Personal aide Reggie Love helped him update his music list with some rap performers.

      “Thanks to Reggie, my rap palate has greatly improved. Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I’ve got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne and some other stuff,” he said.

      ..but he saved his galloping paranoia about FOX News for last:

      Obama expressed suspicion about the funding of the conservative Tea Party movement, saying it is being bankrolled by “very conservative industries and forces that are opposed to enforcement of environmental laws.”

      And he said he believes the Fox News Channel expresses a point of view that, “I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle-class and is competitive in the world.”


      The article is on the long side but worth reading.

  6. BigOil says:

    If Barry thinks a month of teleprompting will get the young skulls full of mush off the couch – he is sadly mistaken. They made their history 2 years ago by saddling the country with a Marxist. Now the recent and future graduates are staring down the barrel of socialism – a pile of debt with no job prospects.

    It’s a tough lesson to learn, but they in large part created this disaster. Ironically for the misguided young voters, if they stay on the couch and do nothing on November 2, it’s their best shot at a brighter future. Conservatives will begin putting the pieces back together – ultimately bailing them out.

  7. Coco Q. Rico says:

    Well this is an uphill battle. On even very liberal college campuses the bloom is officially off the rose. College students aren’t exactly excited about the president — or anything — anymore. Two years of recession and an Afghanistan surge will do that to you.

    Abe Lincoln was right, you can’t fool all of the people all the time. In fact, I think you can’t fool most people most of the time. Just at certain moments when luck hands you an opportunity. Nice posting!

  8. beautyofreason says:

    Don’t worry, this occasionally misguided college student won’t make the same mistake twice.

    I am staring at my unopened absentee ballot on the corner desk. I am going to research all of the candidates and only the most conservative ones will get my vote.

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