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2008-11-05 09:49:09 AM
So a 5.8% increase? Nice!
 
2008-11-05 09:52:54 AM
A random 3 sentence NRO blog post does sound highly credibly, doesn't it?
 
2008-11-05 09:57:58 AM
Well, when overall numbers were down and the youth vote goes up, it has substantially more impact than the 1% might lead you to believe.
 
2008-11-05 10:05:48 AM
so... what, NRO - you had your asses handed to you by the old-school, traditional electorate?
 
2008-11-05 10:09:43 AM
*checks to see who won*

/nevermind
 
2008-11-05 10:09:55 AM
"from what I can tell"

This is journalism? Jesus Christ.
 
2008-11-05 10:11:46 AM
This is bad news...for Obama.
 
2008-11-05 10:14:24 AM
Locke3k: This is bad news...for Obama.

I'm disappointed that the greenlit headline announcing Obama's victory did not work in the "This is bad news...for Obama" meme.
 
2008-11-05 10:18:29 AM
jake_lex: Locke3k: This is bad news...for Obama.

I'm disappointed that the greenlit headline announcing Obama's victory did not work in the "This is bad news...for Obama" meme.


I'm pleased with the results, but in a way it may be bad news. President-elect Obama better be scared shiatless if he is as sane as I believe him to be. This country did something smart for a change, but is still pretty FARKed up.
 
2008-11-05 10:22:41 AM
I call it The Luke Russert Effect.
 
2008-11-05 10:24:08 AM
So Obama got his support from the same voters who elected Bush twice?

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2008-11-05 10:24:15 AM
Tacos for everyone!
 
2008-11-05 10:25:40 AM
Who has time to vote when all these great video games are coming out?
 
2008-11-05 10:25:43 AM
FlashHarry: so... what, NRO - you had your asses handed to you by the old-school, traditional electorate?

If he's right, then yes they did.
 
2008-11-05 10:25:47 AM
1% of a fark-load is still a shiat-load. Or is it ass-ton? Still a lot.
 
2008-11-05 10:26:08 AM
FlashHarry: so... what, NRO - you had your asses handed to you by the old-school, traditional electorate?

Winner right here.
 
2008-11-05 10:26:41 AM
So when do I get to stomp the fark out of 18 year olds for being 18 year olds?
 
2008-11-05 10:26:41 AM
I just don't get how, given the nature of this race and the unprecedented GOTV efforts, that 3 million fewer people voted this time around than in 2004.
 
2008-11-05 10:26:52 AM
Well subby, 1% in safe states may not do much, but 1% in swing states that are usually decided by like .1-.5% is huge.
 
2008-11-05 10:27:04 AM
baorao: I call it The Luke Russert Effect.

I liked Tim...

Having said that, I have this urge to facepalm whenever Luke starts talking.
 
2008-11-05 10:27:25 AM
CrankMyBlueSax: I'm pleased with the results, but in a way it may be bad news. President-elect Obama better be scared shiatless if he is as sane as I believe him to be. This country did something smart for a change, but is still pretty FARKed up.

Are you saying that we lost confidence in the old Captain after the collision with the iceberg and we have now appointed a new Captain of the Titanic?

Let's hope it is not THAT bad.
 
2008-11-05 10:27:25 AM
as long as the messiah won who give a fark!
 
2008-11-05 10:27:34 AM
chipspastic: So Obama got his support from the same voters who elected Bush twice?

Yep. Some people will never make a good decision.
 
2008-11-05 10:27:44 AM
I can imagine the amount of sand in NRO's collective vagina:

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/hotlinked
 
2008-11-05 10:28:01 AM
TheRealist: "from what I can tell"

This is journalism? Jesus Christ.


That's how they roll at NRO.

But, roughly the same thing (new window) seems to be reported on MSNBC, with the number around 18% as well. What the NRO article doesn't mention (and the MSNBC one does) is that the youth vote seemed to split 68% to 30% for Obama vs McCain, which is a pretty good chunk.
 
2008-11-05 10:28:35 AM
So it wasn't those damn kids that farked up our country this election cycle. Hmm.. What other demographics voted overwhelmingly for Obama?
 
2008-11-05 10:28:51 AM
I love the youth they scream they will make a difference and change the election and when all is said and done they still vote in their typical turn out range.
 
2008-11-05 10:29:24 AM
Back in 2004, people were calling Bush' victory a "mandate". I wonder if they'll say the same about Obama's victory.
 
2008-11-05 10:29:27 AM
Well as a 25 year old US Citizen, Obama got my vote.
 
2008-11-05 10:29:30 AM
Luke russert is a tool. He tried to mimics his dad's style with accenting certain words, but he talks to fast, doesnt realyl know what hes talkign about, and should generally disappear.

But you know he wont, like chris wallace before him, every reporter's hack son also gets a shot in the news industry

/Msnbc/nbc were doing a tim russert tribute every hour - so annoying

//watched cnn/nbc/abc/msnbc simultaneously last night via web. best election night evar
///wtf was up with chris matthews last night? He was off the walls and so mean to Lindsay Graham
 
2008-11-05 10:30:36 AM
DeltaXi65: I just don't get how, given the nature of this race and the unprecedented GOTV efforts, that 3 million fewer people voted this time around than in 2004.

I totally don't buy that at all. I doubt that the numbers are in enough to really gauge turnout properly. My personal experience, and that of everyone I've spoken to around the country, suggests that turnout was extraordinarily high, and that youth turnout was probably up more than 1%.

Oldiron_79: Well subby, 1% in safe states may not do much, but 1% in swing states that are usually decided by like .1-.5% is huge.

Such as, say, Virginia, where I voted, and saw a gigantic number of twentysomethings busy voting.
 
2008-11-05 10:30:45 AM
Darconix: So it wasn't those damn kids that farked up our country this election cycle. Hmm.. What other demographics voted overwhelmingly for Obama?

Asians?
 
2008-11-05 10:31:04 AM
baorao: I call it The Luke Russert Effect.

So, I was watching NBC last night, and I didn't recognize him. I started making fun of his god awful hair, and had my friend point out that he was Tim Russert's son, and that I was a meanie.
 
2008-11-05 10:31:40 AM
given that more people voted in this election since 1908, this stat means the increase in young voter turnout outpaced the electorate as a whole which is significant.

If a were a freeper, this exit poll stat would scare the fark out me.

CNN exit poll - 76% of Latinos 18-29 voted for Obama.
 
2008-11-05 10:32:04 AM
Not a big surprise.. it was still up quite a bit. 1% of the overall electorate is a big margin in todays political game when you consider that even in this massive electoral beat down, the popular was still within 5%.. just look at how much of a difference that would have made in 2000 or 2004.
 
2008-11-05 10:32:12 AM
Darconix: So it wasn't those damn kids that farked up our country this election cycle. Hmm.. What other demographics voted overwhelmingly for Obama?

elitists
 
2008-11-05 10:32:17 AM
Darconix: So it wasn't those damn kids that farked up our country this election cycle. Hmm.. What other demographics voted overwhelmingly for Obama?

All of them.

You're not funny anymore. Shhhhh.....
 
2008-11-05 10:32:41 AM
guilt by association: Back in 2004, people were calling Bush' victory a "mandate". I wonder if they'll say the same about Obama's victory.

Certainly, but it will be different people. Obama won pretty darn heavy, and the left will be correct in claiming a mandate.
 
2008-11-05 10:33:07 AM
absoluteparanoia: A random 3 sentence NRO blog post does sound highly credibly, doesn't it?

Indeed, "from what I can tell" he really didn't tell us what he had been, you know, looking at.

/ [Citation Needed]
 
2008-11-05 10:33:12 AM
That's pretty disappointing assuming its true. 18%? Farkin' ingrates.

/Youth vote
//Slashies vote
 
2008-11-05 10:33:26 AM
From what Jonah Goldberg can tell? Well, those be some hard numbers.
 
2008-11-05 10:33:26 AM
How in the world did a three sentence opinion piece get greenlit?!?

From what I can tell it was 18% this year.

Seriously.

From what I can tell there is no God. Want to greenlight that and make it truth?
 
2008-11-05 10:33:28 AM
Just remember, this is the same nation that elected GW Bush twice. May the President Obama Epic Fail countdown begin.
 
2008-11-05 10:33:57 AM
priestrape: Darconix: So it wasn't those damn kids that farked up our country this election cycle. Hmm.. What other demographics voted overwhelmingly for Obama?

elitists


Don't let those sour grapes ruin your appetite.
 
2008-11-05 10:34:55 AM
Can I have a job where I get paid for writing 20 word blog posts about nothing?

"Today I woke up. I scratched my ass. Then I ate some bacon."

"Lilacs are pretty. Too bad they only bloom in spring. Ooh, look, a quarter!"

"We had an election yesterday. Looks like a lot of people voted. Some groups voted in slightly bigger numbers than in 2004."

"I saw a movie today. It was good. It had that one famous guy in it and that chick with the harelip."
 
2008-11-05 10:35:05 AM
what_now: You're not funny anymore. Shhhhh.....

Now wait a minute. You libs kept complaining that I wouldn't be here on November 5th, providing you with the counterweight to your insane liberal vision for America. I'm here, and you're still complaining?

Meh. I never understood why you libs consider anyone who holds a conservative opinion a "troll" anyway. Probably because you're used to sites like Kos where if you're outed as a Republican you're banned or something.
 
2008-11-05 10:35:11 AM
IXI Jim IXI: Having said that, I have this urge to facepalm whenever Luke starts talking.

You want to face palm, I want to cut out his tongue so his dad stops spinning in his grave.
 
2008-11-05 10:35:48 AM
So proportionally to their population of the US. Did a higher percentage of ELIGIBLE youth voters actaully vote?

\When your demographic is small so is the total contribution.
\\Cherry picking statistics is fun!
 
2008-11-05 10:35:59 AM
Lumi: Can I have a job where I get paid for writing 20 word blog posts about nothing?

"Today I woke up. I scratched my ass. Then I ate some bacon."

"Lilacs are pretty. Too bad they only bloom in spring. Ooh, look, a quarter!"

"We had an election yesterday. Looks like a lot of people voted. Some groups voted in slightly bigger numbers than in 2004."

"I saw a movie today. It was good. It had that one famous guy in it and that chick with the harelip."


It is Jonah Goldberg: "I haven't seen my penis in years and neither has anybody else."
 
2008-11-05 10:36:20 AM
Suprisingly..... amazingly... the numbers being used by NRO are deceptive.

The youth vote was frikking HUGE this election, and the turn-out among youth voters was MASSIVE compared to what it had been in 2000....

....when you look at the actual numbers of youths who voted, and also when you look at the ratio of youth voters to eligable youth voters.

As a percentage of the overall electorate, they only went up by 1%, because the voter turn-out of other demographics was ALSO huge this election.

Where I voted, HALF of the poll workers were under 25. When was the last time you saw polls being manned by anyone but billion-year-old retirees?
 
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