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.I'm just wondering what issues Obama thinks young progressive people are most passionate about. Because I'm pretty sure it's not bipartisanship and half-assed legislation that tries to look progressive while pandering to corporations. I'm under the impression that most young progressives are passionate about social justice and ending our two wars of choice and having healthcare and jobs.
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.
But then again, I'm older than dinosaurs, so maybe I'm wrong and this whole idealism-crushing, warmongering, conservative-coddling, hippie-punching, totes fauxgressive shtick is what the kids are fist-pumping about these days.
(I'm not wrong.)
Meanwhile: Obama argues his assassination program is a "state secret". Sure. Great Democratic president. Very cool.
[Previously in Third Term of Bush: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen, and there are about a zillion more, but you get the drift.]