I’m gonna get political

19 Jan

I’m using this as a warm-up for my journalism assignment for my advanced class.

So Hillary got Nevada.

Fuck.

(That won’t be in my article, really)

Hillary won Nevada. That’s Hillary-3, Barack-1. It’s not a good sign, but the one thing that Barack has that Hillary doesn’t have is the youth vote. She has no way won over those first-time voters, and I’m one of them. Honestly, never before do I think that there has been a more hardcore primary. Not even in 2004, because then, it was just a bunch of grey-haired white dudes. Now, either way, there’s going to be a big change.

I’m not excluding John Edwards, who I supported from the beginning, but it just seems to be a lost cause. Personally, I think that he will be the best now to unite the country. He’s plenty progressive, but still cool, calm and collected. Plus, he won’t turn off those ignorant racist sexist voters, because he’s a handsome middle-aged white man. I’m still an Edwards fan at heart, but now that he’s basically out of the race, I’m totally rooting for Barack Obama.

The 18-24 demographic is the largest demographic in the country, and yet it has the lowest percentage of registered voted out of all the demographics. From what I hear, the 18-24 age range is completely for Barack Obama, but as the primaries show, those college students haven’t been showing up at the polls. I know that I’m more informed now, not just because I obsessively watch the news every time there’s a primary or caucus, but because of something that most parents think is a bad thing–social networking sites, particularly Facebook.

Ever since the election started gaining momentum, their have been a plethora of groups on Facebook supporting different candidates, including humorous political pundit, Stephen Colbert. His group, in fact, gained 1,000,000 members within 10 days, the fastest growing group to date in the site’s 4 year run. It turned out that Colbert couldn’t run in legally anyway, since he received sponsorship from Doritos, but still, it shows that the college students of this country carry a lot of weight in power.

Since the primaries started, the first thing that any user saw when they signed onto the Facebook homepage was a large advertisement for “Rock the Vote,” encouraging users to register to vote in time for the primaries. Almost as useful as the link to register was the link to the U.S. Politics Application, where users could react live to the New Hampshire debates and take surveys about their favorite and least favorite candidates.

Not that Myspace hasn’t taken part in the system as well–they held their own primaries on the 1st and 2nd of January, before any of the states’ official primaries. The winners in those primaries were Barack Obama for the democrats and Ron Paul for the republicans.

The problem with the core users of Facebook and Myspace, they’re too lazy to go out and use their power. They obviously aren’t so apathetic about the issues, because next to the CNN logo on the back of Charles Gibson’s desk at the New Hampshire debates was the Facebook logo, and periodically in the newscast of the debates, a reporter would check in with the polls on Facebook to hear what the young people were saying.

The news is telling us that we matter, but obviously enough of us aren’t getting out to the polls, or Ron Paul would be higher in the running, more even with the likes of John McCain. Ron Paul and Barack appeal to the youth, and since Obama already is in a close second place to Hillary currently, it isn’t the easiest to tell if the young democrat voters are voting or not. But there is an overwhelming margin of approval for Ron Paul, that it’s obvious that those supporters aren’t actually voting.

Along with the overwhelming support, there is also overwhelming disapproval for certain candidates with the Facebook audience. 69% of the Politics Application users said that they absolutely don’t want Hillary Clinton to get the nomination, and 45% said that they absolutely don’t want Mike Huckabee to the the nomination. There are most republicans than democrats on the primary ballots, so the numbers were more spread out, but still. Even if someone isn’t so sure about who they want to be president, they should go vote to make sure that the person that they don’t want gets the nomination.

Now, it may sound like I am totally against Hillary, I’m not. I’m all for a woman president, her positions on the issues I care about are pretty much in line with what I believe, but she’s not charismatic. Her husband was way more personable than she was, and I don’t think that she will be the person to bring this country together. She’s a polarizing character, and I’m worried that if she does get the nomination, there will be enough people on the fence that absolutely won’t vote for her. My 78-year-old racist grandfather said that he’d rather vote “for that n***** before Hillary Clinton.” I think that Barack Obama will bring this country together, and that’s why I think that most of the young people want him to win.

The question whether or not they’ll go out and vote is what may keep him from the White House.

❤ Abby

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