The one thing missing this year from the flood of old wives' tales, conventional ill wisdom, and urban legends that are spread every election has been the contention that the "young vote" will suddenly make the difference.
You know it - you see it EVERY election. Yet, EVERY election, when the votes are counted, the "youth vote" just didn't show up in numbers any higher than usual, which are terrible. Young people don't vote. Mercifully, though, this year we had been spared the usual spate of articles claiming "this could be the year!"
At least, until now. Jason Szep of Reuters falls for the old trap:
Students at University of Tennessee earn a free hot dog when they register to vote, while Montana's students plan a "dorm storm" to rouse classmates from the dormitories to the ballot box on Election Day.
As Republicans fight to keep control of Congress, both parties hope to mobilize young voters who turned out in record numbers in the 2004 presidential election and who some say could tilt Tuesday's congressional races toward the Democrats.
A Harvard poll released on Wednesday shows 32 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds "definitely" plan to vote next week. That would mark the highest youth turnout for a midterm election since 18-year-old Americans were first able to vote.
Read the rest of Jason's humiliation at the link above. Yeah, pal, just because 32% of young voters SAY they will vote doesn't mean beans. They ALWAYS say that. Then they don't show up. They never have, and probably never will, but they most certainly will not this year in any significantly higher rate than in the past. Go ahead, give 'em hot dogs and tee shirts, like it will make a difference!
"Rock the Vote" just sinks like a stone. Again.