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Change in the electorate

February 26, 2008

I’ve written a few articles about the change in participation in the voting process that we’ve recently seen in younger voters. I don’t think I quite understtod the breadth of the change that we’re seeing, and it occurred to me today that there’s another, different place where we can see it.

During the Clinton administration (the first and last, I hope), the viscious supporters of the Clinton camp we able to attack whoever they wanted, say whatever they wanted, and do whatever they wanted, and not a speck of tarnish could touch them. They avoided scandals, lied about scandals, got impeached for scandals, and left it all with a strangely high approval rating. I remember hearing things like:

Hahaha! Yeah, he cheted on his wife, but…

Hahaha! Yeah, he lied under oath, but….

Hahaha! Yeah, she’s a scary bitch, but…

But what? What was going through the head of the average American that allowed the scandals and shoddy ethics of the Clintons just roll off their back and out of their minds? Well, as I said before that kids didn’t care back then, but I’m beginning to realize that no one did.

As long as we were safe, fat, and happy, no one gave the smallest crap about what the government was doing, and the Clintons used that to run amok with personal attack on their enemies, bullying, and scandal. And the country yawned.

It’s not just kids now that are waking up. 9/11, an ignored war in Afghanistan, an unpopular war in Iraq, economic disaster, poor healthcare, duplicity from the Bush administration, illegal detainment, torture, a plummeting reputation worldwide, all of this has awakened the voter in more American citizens than we’ve had in a long time.

And when we woke up, we educated ourselves on the issues and on the candidates, and we started watching them like hawks and using our brains to see through the bullshit. That’s why Sen Clinton’s attacks are hitting like my grandma with a pillow, that’s why no one gives a shit whether McCain has an affair a decade ago, that’s why, while the old pundits react with guile-ridden horror, the average voter rolls their eyes at a photo putting on the garb of a Somali elder.

Americans have learned what is important. We’re watching.

And we’re writing.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 26, 2008 12:16 pm

    “And we’re writing.”
    Nail, meet Head.

  2. February 26, 2008 4:12 pm

    Kudos to McCain today when spoke out against one of his whipper-snappers at at rally who referred to Obama as Barack Hussein Obama. Kudos, Senator McCain.

  3. February 26, 2008 4:17 pm

    “In some ways,” said Gov. Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania, a state that is considered a must-win for any Democratic nominee, “he’s [McCain] the ideal [Republican] candidate for Pennsylvania.”

    When will Rendell learn to shut the *&^% up.

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