People who bothered to vote last time will probably vote the same way in November.
Last time was close.
This time, 4 years worth of 18th birthdays and a multi-angled media blitz might just change things.
---MTV is trying to get 20,000,000 voters in their demographic to the polls ("rock the vote")
---The disenfranchised and angst-ridden punk and skate set is being motivated by such outlets as PunkVoter and their "Rock Against Bush" compilation CDs.
---Millions of unemployed still on the rolls and those no longer counted will certainly se the need if they haven't before.
I don't recall such a push with a unified message... Get Bush Out!... and the best the dems can drum up for a ticket is Kerry/Edwards...
Just today I found out at work that one customer company has filed chapter 11 and another has moved work that we did for them to mexico... again... (last time they did it the work came back because they can't touch our quality). THe blatant corporate abuse of NAFTA will only get worse under gee dubya... he has GOT to go... or be happy with the results... erosion of the middle class and the inevitable depression that follows.
Kerry's flip-flopping is a bother at first, but he does tend to flip flop in the direction of public opinion... so how bad could that be versus blatant arrogance in undermining the very foundations our country was founded upon like bush is doing...
I remember bush in PA, coming to rally for the stupid doctors complaining about malpractice insurance when half the state couldn't even afford to go to them... priorities are too far askew here.
The place where I grew up is like a micro model of what 4 more years will bring... A small rural neighborhood that was eventually decimated and swallowed up by coal companies (literally!). Around here the main goal for college grads is leaving (same for high school grads). Pollution, mine fires, local governments riddled with nepotism, no opportunity for gainful employment... our biggest export in this county is our workforce... those without skills or means to commute or leave end up in poverty. THat's my backyard... I don't want to see the whole country end up like Schuylkill County, PA... heck I have to commute to the next county for work... don't like it, but my good job is now in mexico, so no choice...
I DO have a choice in November and it won't be four more years of middle class "cleansing" leading up to economic armageddon.
Back in the day around here they did organize and fight back as best they could... they were called the Molly MacGuires... Maybe the country needs a middle class revolution... maybe it's already too late, but it's never too late to go down swinging...
Good Luck John Kerry, you're gonna need it to fix this mess.