How truly telling is it that the great candidate of hope and change may end up relying on socialist comedians and the college professors who love them to keep his job?
It’s a foregone conclusion that much of the Obama pandering giveaways we’ve seen recently – that’s giving away your money, of course, not his – is a direct result of internal campaign polling that is showing the Obama campaign they are losing support amongst key demographics. Advantage amongst women starts to slip? Declare a Republican war on women and give out free contraceptives. Advantage amongst Latinos starts to slip? Contradict your own statements of just two years ago and declare amnesty by fiat. You get the idea. Advantage amongst young people starts to slip? Free college loans for everybody who wants one!
Yet the dilemma for Obama may be that even if those pandering plans stop the bleeding, they are unlikely to promote any enthusiasm. And that’s where Obama is most vulnerable. Check out this report that has to have David Axelrod pacing the floors at night:
Unlike in 2004 and 2008, when young voters flocked to the polls to vote for their favorite candidates, only 58 percent of young ages 18 to 29 say they are “definitely likely” to vote this fall — a 10-point reduction from June 2008.
According to Gallup, young voters have said they were “definitely likely” to vote at lower rates than the national average. For example, in June 2008, 69 percent of young voters said they were “definitely likely” to vote — 13 points less than the national average of national voters who said they would definitely vote that year.
Young voters, though, tend to grow more likely to vote as the election nears. In 2004, only 61 percent of young voters said they were “definitely likely” to vote in June, but that number increased to 81 percent in October and November. The same phenomena occurred in 2008, when 69 percent of young voters said they were “definitely likely” to vote in June, but then the number increased to 78 percent in October and November.
The poll by Gallup goes on to cite a similar phenomenon occurring within other demographics that Obama is desperately relying on. So what to do? At least when it comes to young people, it may come down to turning to Comedy Central of all places. While Obama’s influence has waned amongst college aged youth, Stephen Colbert’s and Jon Stewart’s have not.
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Never mind that they are flaming hypocrites if they ever pretend to be voices of the middle class or average citizen. Never mind that they are socialists who want to see government grow while individual freedom contracts. They are funny. And that’s good enough to our “future leaders.” Even to the distinguished professoriate (read, ex-hippies who haven’t realized yet they have become “the man” they used to protest) of many college campuses:
Professor Geoffrey Baym proclaimed, “I’m sure there are still a lot more books out there on CBS News and Edward R. Murrow, but you could argue that the emergence of satire news at this level is an important phenomenon that I don’t think we still completely understand.” Baym wrote a book titled “From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News.”
[Washington Post reporter Paul] Farhi reported “The college crowd says Colbert is worthy of study because his single-character political satire is unique in the annals of television. His character, an egomaniacal right-wing gasbag, connects him to a long Western satirical tradition going all the way back to the Roman poet Horace and the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles.”
Professors, being professorial, they add gravitas to the unbearable lightness of their comedic heroes by applying jargon, explaining Colbert and Stewart ably employ “parodic polyglossia,” and “satirical specificity,” and “contextual clash” to evoke both laughter and social change.
Farhi even found one super-fan, Penn State professor Sophia McClennen, who compared Colbert to Ben Franklin and Mark Twain as one of the greatest satirists in our nation’s entire 236-year history. “Our democracy is in a tough spot now, when corporations are exercising increasing power over government, and that Colbert captures this moment as they did.”
What a load of horse dung. So parents, be aware that your children are heading off to college campuses to learn about the “parodic polyglossia” and “contextual clash” of Stephen Colbert in his effort to get more people to vote for Barack Obama. Because, of course, that’s the ultimate goal.
And according to the poll numbers, relying on his comedian water-carriers and the ignorant buffoons teaching on college campuses, may be the last hope of Barack Obama.