Thursday, March 06, 2008

Demeaning Internet-Savvy Voters

I've gotten in the habit of reading the "inside baseball" of politics website Politico.com. It's not a place to find in-depth reporting of pressing national issues, but a place to read what the insiders' perspectives of the presidential campaign are.

Today, Politico reported on Clinton's efforts in the days ahead. The article notes that Clinton aims to compete in states like Wyoming and Mississippi, states that Obama is predicted to win.

Of Wyoming, one of Clinton's lead supporters in the state, Kathy Karpan, a former candidate for Governor, said
“We are going to do very well with the rank and file. The question is, will those people who get captivated by e-mails” — Obama supporters — “be willing to sit through the call to order, the nominating and seconding speeches. It takes a little bit of patience and interest in the process to do this,” she said.

Let's unpack what's being said here. Obama supporters, especially young supporters (since presumably, they are the ones "captivated by email," and also more likely to support his campaign), don't have, at best, the attention span, at worst, the intelligence to follow the voting process in Wyoming. Ouch.

There's another implication here, too, which is that Obama supporters are not "rank-and-file members of the party." That is, they are outsiders, and don't really belong.

Where did the inclusive, big tent party go?

Sad.

2 comments:

R.Engberg said...

Hah! "Captivated by Email". That says a lot all by itself. Email was old school a couple years ago. The cool kids have moved on to Twitter and Jaiku and whatever. My aunts and uncles are using newsreaders to follow my cousin's blogs about their grandkids.

Where do they get these people? And who taught them how to use the talking wire to get their blathering on the picture box? ;-)

Jenny Stromer-Galley said...

You're totally right. My ugrads barely use email anymore it seems -- only to communicate with professors or their parents.