Phonebanking for Martha Coakley has been perhaps the most frustrating and heartbreaking experience of my life. I’ve come to the conclusion, based on this experience, Massachusetts will soon have a Republican senator.
The most striking thing was the complete apathy about the election from younger voters and minorities, both of whom still overwhelmingly approve of President Obama and his policies, and both of whom are barely registering among likely voters in the upcoming Senate election in Mass. Why aren’t they rushing to the polls to keep Ted Kennedy’s seat blue and why aren’t rushing to the polls to protect the agenda they claim to support?
I’m coming to the conclusion that the Obama coalition of young voters and minorities was not a sustainable coalition and Democrats are going to see some bad effects of that coalition staying home now and in November.
I don’t agree with the Jane fucking Hamsher gang that Democrats “not standing up for Democratic values” is the reason for this. Ask any minority or member of my generation and they will likely tell you they think the banks have been nationalized and universal healthcare is coming! Why aren’t they turning out?
I can’t answer that question clearly. I get the sense that maybe Obama was a fad that faded after his election. Kids moved on to something else, minorities went back to not voting. Trying to get my friends in Massachusetts to move on this election has been like herding cats. When pushed on the importance of the election, a few of my friends just shrugged it off. I mentioned a good, loyal Democratic friend of mine in Malden that Ted Kennedy’s seat may go Republican and he laughed and said “oh well, that sucks.” My friend Kim from Tewksbury changed the subject to tell me about her new shoes.
This coalition, of young and minority voters, gave us Obama, but they cannot be counted on to hold up our Democratic majority. They are the ones who most support the Democratic agenda, the progressive agenda, but they won’t show up to vote to sustain it. How are we going to keep change going when the only people showing up at the polls are those who desire the status quo?
The only thing that kept me sane tonight was thinking that once the supermajority is gone and Obama needs Republican votes again, people like Jane fucking Hamsher will lose whatever influence they have and go into marginalization, and after promoting not voting in Massachusetts and the shit she pulled in Arkansas, I can’t wait to see her ass marganialized.