Fads Fade

Washington Examiner:

Obama’s youth votes mutinies, ‘disaster’ election predicted for Dems

A prominent Democratic pollster is warning that the election looks to be “a disaster” for Democrats because younger, so-called millennial voters, are abandoning President Obama’s party.

“Millennials could have the definitive impact on the election, and that impact could be from them not showing up,” warned Celinda Lake.

“They look to have the lowest turnout rates right now which would be a disaster for progressive candidates,” she added in an online interview for Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Lake, one of the Washington’s top pollsters, said that younger voters are frustrated with the Democrats and feel abandoned by politics.

“That’s the biggest concern right now for Democrats and progressives in particular, is that millennial voters look very, very discouraged. They don’t think that anyone has particularly spoken to them, anyone has been doing anything for them, it’s a bad economy, it’s expensive education, and all the kinds of concerns that millennials have,” said Lake.

We all go through stages in life. For many of us, the young adult stage includes idealism and activism. Sometimes, social conditions and popular culture team up with the idealism, activism and energy of youth to create a major social movement. When that happens, politics becomes trendy – a fad.

A fad is any form of behavior that develops among a large population and is collectively followed enthusiastically for a period of time, generally as a result of the behavior being perceived as popular by one’s peers or being deemed “cool” by social media.[1] A fad is said to “catch on” when the number of people adopting it begins to increase rapidly. The behavior will normally fade quickly once the perception of novelty is gone.

The Antiwar Movement of the Sixties was one such fad. I’m not saying that the people opposing the war in Vietnam weren’t sincere, but there are lots of things associated with the movement that really had nothing to do with opposing the war, like long hair and drug use. But if you lived back then and you wanted to be “cool” you had to be part of the movement.

Six years ago we saw another such fad called Obamamania. Opposition to the war in Iraq, Bush fatigue, youthful idealism and a national election were successfully exploited by some savvy marketers to turn an empty suit into the New Pet Rock: Ba-Rock Obama! If you were cool you supported Obama. If you didn’t support Obama, well . . .

When you are young everything seems so simple. Then you get older and you discover that things are more complicated than you thought. “Bring the troops home now!” looks good on a protest sign but then what do you do when Iraq falls apart as soon as we leave?

How many of those 22 year old college students who enthusiastically supported Obama are now 28 year old working parents who are trying to figure out how to fit Obamacare premiums into an already tight budget? As the saying goes, reality bites.

Today’s college freshmen were in junior high six years ago. They aren’t interested in the same stale fad that their older brothers and sisters were into. They want something new. Obama is so six years ago, and Hillary is older than their parents.

Besides, politics is boring.

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100 Responses to Fads Fade

  1. HELENK3 says:

    growing up is hard to do

    • Jadzia says:

      Although I am, uh, a little beyond college age, most of my friends enthusiastically jumped on the Obama train. I did a lot of “hide this user” during the 2008 and 2012 elections.

      NOBODY is posting political stuff on FB this election season. None of those folks who were gaga for The One. They’re still on FB. They’re still posting lots of pictures of their kids. But politics? The Democrats? Obama! Hey look, pterodactyl!

      Nobody wants to talk about it anymore. Ha ha.

  2. HELENK3 says:

    between college debt and lack of full time jobs paying enough to have some kind of life rather then just an existence why would they be interested in politics?. Politics has not helped them in life
    and they have been taught that the other side is an enemy

  3. HELENK3 says:


    do you fit any of these types of authoritarian

  4. The Klown says:

    Kevin Vickers is a Bad Ass Motherfucker:

  5. HELENK3 says:

    maybe it is me and I am getting old. I am watching someone rowing on the lake by me. not sure if it is a kayak or a sculling row boat. he is by himself. there are alligators in that lake. that is the last place I would row a boat that is close to the water

  6. HELENK3 says:


    maybe those showing islamic connections should have to downplay them. Oh we can’t have that it would hurt their feelings

    • The Klown says:

      The legal concept is called laches and it’s where we get the statute of limitations. If you wait too long to assert your rights you lose them. Even if the service of process was bogus he has a limit on how long he can wait to challenge the judgment. I’m guessing he found out in 1992 but didn’t take timely action and now the judgment is set in stone.

      Lots of Family Support offices will let guys off the hook anyway, but legally they don’t have to do that.

      Blame them, not the law.

    • The Klown says:

      I was mortified to learn that Taylor Swift was BFF’s with Lena Dunham, but then I remembered that every hot chick needs a fugly friend to cock-block for them.

  7. HELENK3 says:


    no longer the principal’s office ,now it is the police station

  8. The Klown says:

  9. HELENK3 says:

    More: State Department says UN Ambassador Samantha Power will not visit any Ebola treatment units while in West Africa; she and her party ‘will abide by all requirements upon their return’ – @NBCNews

  10. HELENK3 says:

    Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, health officials announce new Ebola restrictions for state; all travelers returning from West Africa subject to travel restrictions – @StarTribune

  11. The Klown says:

    Apparently Taggert is very proud of his furry butt. He keeps trying to rub it in my face.

  12. HELENK3 says:


    White House: Isolation of US military returning from West Africa applies to single command; Defense Secretary Hagel has yet to decide policy for entire military – @markknoller

  13. The Klown says:

    • Somebody says:

      What difference at this point does it make?

      • DeniseVB says:

        Went for a late afternoon walkies today listening to RUSH. I found myself nodding in agreement with his rant about BO, MO and Hill’n’Bill spewing stupid stuff on the campaign trail….it’s what, WHAT ! the angry Dems want to hear. It’s the Dem GOTV campaign. I’m just voting straight Rrrrrr next Tues. Yup, even down to City Council. 😉

  14. The Klown says:

  15. HELENK3 says:


    close your business. get your insurance forms ready, look for real estate in another city.
    for the cops. fence them in, let them do the damage to the city and themselves. If they get hurt do not send any emergency services in harms way to help them. when they get tired lock them up

  16. gumsnapper says:

    Clowning around, French style. Merde! From Ace of Spades:

  17. The Klown says:

    50 years ago today:

  18. HELENK3 says:

    New York hospital to keep 5-year-old boy in isolation after testing negative for Ebola until further tests completed out of ‘abundance of caution’ – statement

  19. HELENK3 says:


    this is interesting.
    holder leaving and interest in prosecuting leakers lessens

  20. DeniseVB says:

    • 1539days says:

      The only thing it will do is give Republicans the moral authority to block the things they could have blocked as the minority in the Senate.

  21. HELENK3 says:

    your girl Taylor is going to be on David Letterman tonight

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