Tonight, I'm sitting at the Campus Center Ballroom surrounding by about 100 students watching the second presidential debate. It's heartening to me to see such enthusiasm for politics in the students in this hall. The College Republicans have their McCain/Palin signs that they wave periodically when they find McCain saying something rousing. The College Democrats have been more reticent but on occasion have raised their Obama/Biden signs. At a few moments, there were loud cheers and applause for answers and even for questions asked by citizens in the townhall.
I've written about this before, but I enjoy seeing people viewing politics like they do Sunday Football. Some may say that's problematic, as it's emotional and irrational; but I think such participation can ultimately be good. Football or politics, when you watch, you learn. You pick up names, dates, events, you learn about problems and issues and strategies. Exposure is a good thing. Even if the exposure is motivated by a desire to "root for your team."
Root away, students!