Man, and I feel cynical for discussing the "enthusiasm gap." For suggesting that young people, for instance, are uninspired and unwilling to vote in the midterm elections. And then RockNet Roots directed me to an editorial in the Janesville Messenger:
As the November 2 elections near, American newspaper readers can expect to be lectured interminably by editorialists from sea to shining sea that it is our "civic duty" to trundle off to the polls and vote.
This preachy exhortation always occurs in years when Democrats are facing significant losses and are unable to count on vote fraud to make up the difference.
LOL. It's rare to see the Glenn Beck model taken straight to local print media. The editorial goes on to denounce Obama voters as too ignorant to vote. "Here's hoping they embrace the civic duty on election day to stay in their dorm rooms and apartments playing beer pong," the Messenger says about college students.
The irony, as I mentioned at RockNet Roots, is that the editorial is based entirely on the types of platitudes that it accuses the "class-skipping" youth of falling victim to. It vaguely refers to President Obama's "radical agenda" and "toxic associations."