Tuesday, November 09, 2010

"No We Can't, 2010 Midterms Edition"

A voter walks to a polling station in Titusville, Florida November 2, 2010 (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty)
Tim Dickinson:
There are many reasons for the "shellacking" Democrats took last night. But the decline and fall of Organizing for America (nee Obama for America), and the subsequent reversion of the electorate to the midterm norm, may be sorriest of all. The fact that young voters, who made up 18 percent of the electorate in 2008, stayed home for this election is especially disheartening -- because those who did make it to the polls broke 57 to 40 for Democrats.

Where did things go wrong? On Monday, the New York Times explored the disillusionment of the Millennial set with Obama and his party. And back in February, I explained how OFA went off course in this feature I wrote for the magazine. MORE...

Howie P.S.: I'm confused. Dickinson also says "The share of the electorate under 30 actually dipped a point from four years ago' to 11 percent." That's all? What about two years ago? Dickinson's earlier piece on OFA should be required reading for every political pundit (cable, print or tavern).

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