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Paul Begala: Obama’s Drop In Support Among Young People ‘My Single Biggest Concern’
CNN via Mediaite ^ | 4:47 pm, November 6th, 2012 | Noah Rothman

Posted on 11/06/2012 2:05:48 PM PST by Smogger

With just hours to go before the first polls close, CNN political analyst Paul Begala expressed some concern that young people would not turn out in support of President Barack Obama in the numbers they did in 2008.

Anderson Cooper asked Begala what he made of the apparent drop in enthusiasm among young voters for President Obama. Begala replied that he thought, as an Obama supporter, the lack of enthusiasm among young people was his “single biggest concern.”

Begala did say, however, that the president’s increase in support among Latino voters and seniors – a traditionally pro-Republican bloc of voters – could make up the difference.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: election2012; forehead; obama; romney

1 posted on 11/06/2012 2:05:52 PM PST by Smogger
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To: Smogger

No Paul, your biggest concern is avoiding hell.


2 posted on 11/06/2012 2:06:54 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: Smogger

Obama was more like a rock star. They disappear quickly. It ain’t easy to keep up the gig.


3 posted on 11/06/2012 2:11:20 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: Smogger

Was the question of why so many younger votes aren’t supporting the Commie left unanswered?


4 posted on 11/06/2012 2:11:47 PM PST by wastedyears (The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
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To: Smogger

Begala did say, however, that the president’s increase in support among Latino voters and seniors

Really Paul....looked at Florida lately?? You might also consider the drop in Jewish voters to be a bit of concern.


5 posted on 11/06/2012 2:11:47 PM PST by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Smogger

It bodes well that he’s already “concerned” ... before 4pm CT. Heh.

If this goes well for Romney, somebody’s gonna have to put Nate Silver and the entirety of DU on suicide watch.

SnakeDoc


6 posted on 11/06/2012 2:12:01 PM PST by SnakeDoctor (Don't forget to change your clocks Saturday, and your President Tuesday.)
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To: Smogger

The fact that the subject is “concerns” I think tell us a lot. If things were going well for Obama today, Begala would not be talking about “his biggest concern”.


7 posted on 11/06/2012 2:12:09 PM PST by AaronInCarolina
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To: Smogger

That’s why I am stunned Obama did not float a student loan forgiveness proposal. That was the only thing that was going to motivate the kiddies to turn out en-masse again, IMHO.


8 posted on 11/06/2012 2:14:08 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: rovenstinez
Obama was more like a rock star.

Obama was the Millli Vanilli President. Just mouthing the words that came up on the teleprompter.

9 posted on 11/06/2012 2:14:51 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Smogger

We are witnessing the nation go through Hopium withdrawal with the associated shivers, puking, diarrhea, and convulsions. The antidote is allowing the adults to take over and administer common sense elixir.


10 posted on 11/06/2012 2:16:13 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
That’s why I am stunned Obama did not float a student loan forgiveness proposal.

I was fully expecting that to be this year's October Surprise. Instead we only got the October Suppress of the facts of the Benghazi attack.

11 posted on 11/06/2012 2:17:14 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: Smogger

If the Forehead is worried, I am smiling.


12 posted on 11/06/2012 2:17:29 PM PST by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: Smogger

Sustained unemployment and having to move back with your parents can have that effect on you.


13 posted on 11/06/2012 2:17:42 PM PST by ShovelPenguin
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To: Smogger

Is there a demographic group that is MORE excited to vote for the President’s re-election than 4 years ago? Gays? Muslims?


14 posted on 11/06/2012 2:17:47 PM PST by lurk
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To: rovenstinez

More like the Jim Jones of politics. People drank the koolaid in 2008. They didn’t die, but they ended up not liking it.


15 posted on 11/06/2012 2:17:58 PM PST by FreedomForce (Lesser Evil 2012)
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To: rovenstinez

This rock star couldn’t draw a crowd if he had a rock star standing next to him.


16 posted on 11/06/2012 2:18:47 PM PST by kempster
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To: N. Theknow

” Obama was the Millli Vanilli President. Just mouthing the words that came up on the teleprompter. “

Well put.


17 posted on 11/06/2012 2:18:49 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: Smogger

Young people got shafted big time by Obmama. Hopefully many are smarter this time.


18 posted on 11/06/2012 2:18:55 PM PST by rhombus
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To: Smogger

The cracks begin to show in the Dem facade that O is sailing to victory.


19 posted on 11/06/2012 2:19:28 PM PST by Hokestuk
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To: N. Theknow

Obama was the Millli Vanilli President. Just mouthing the words that came up on the teleprompter.

20 posted on 11/06/2012 2:21:54 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: ShovelPenguin

“Sustained unemployment and having to move back with your parents can have that effect on you.”

The fact that there is no end in sight is why Obama should lose that demographic; he offers no more hope, and only change for the worse...


21 posted on 11/06/2012 2:22:38 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: SERKIT
Exactly!


22 posted on 11/06/2012 2:23:12 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: Smogger

Why, on earth? I realize that according to the ignore white males strategy Obama has to win all his identity groups handily. But young people never matter. Their share of the electorate never grows significantly. They don’t care.


23 posted on 11/06/2012 2:23:24 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Smogger

How could he have banked on young people coming out for Obama? They are the most fickle voters. They voted as a fad in 2008 but the fad is over now. If they really needed young voters, they are in trouble.


24 posted on 11/06/2012 2:23:40 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: rovenstinez

“Obama was more like a rock star.”

Obama: the ultimate one-hit-wonder.


25 posted on 11/06/2012 2:23:46 PM PST by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Smogger

Just tuned into MSNBC. Chuck Todd and Robert Gibbs look like they are at a funeral.


26 posted on 11/06/2012 2:23:49 PM PST by nhwingut (Get out & Vote as if your life was on the line. Because it is.)
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To: Smogger

Paul, your party booed G-d.


27 posted on 11/06/2012 2:23:57 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Smogger
Begala did say, however, that the president’s increase in support among Latino voters and seniors – a traditionally pro-Republican bloc of voters – could make up the difference.

Yeah, seniors...that's the ticket; because of their love for Obamacare.

Now this is anecdotal, I grant, but I've been shocked by the lack of hispanic participation in this election. It may just be that those who did vote, voted for Romney.

Begala. I will enjoy watching him suffer thru the returns.

28 posted on 11/06/2012 2:25:02 PM PST by Gulf War One
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To: Tublecane

I should addthat though it never grows, I suppose youngsters’ share of the total vote, or Obama’s share of the youngster vote, could shrink. Certainly they can’t be as excited for Obama as in 08. However, it was a myth that they mattered back then. Their share of the total was exactly the same as in 04, and they always split democrat anyway.


29 posted on 11/06/2012 2:28:00 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Smogger

I’ve stopped making small talk with waiters and waitresses at Olive Garden, like:
“Do you go to Ball State?” “So what are you studying?” and “When do you graduate?”
It’s been too awkward as of late: “I did. Computer science. Two years ago.” The bloom is off the old hope-and-change rose.

Long line at the middle school, lots & lots of voters in America’s Home Town.
Hope they vote right this time.


30 posted on 11/06/2012 2:30:01 PM PST by tumblindice (D-day!)
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To: Smogger

I guess it didn’t occur to Begala and the rest of the Obama surrogates that no money, no job-not to mention 10 or so other people interviewing for the same jobs you do-and tens of thousands of dollars in student loans is enough to dampen the enthusiasm for his brand of hope and change...


31 posted on 11/06/2012 2:30:33 PM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Smogger

Mr. Stroke-of-the-pen is about to get one shoved up his exit orifice.


32 posted on 11/06/2012 2:30:53 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

When the history of this race is written, Obama’s tactical decision to eschew white middle and working class voters, and instead try to cobble together a coalition of minorities, feminists, union hacks, gubbermint employees and fickle young voters, will have future observers scratching their heads.


33 posted on 11/06/2012 2:31:43 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SERKIT
I like it. Thanks SERKIT:

We are witnessing the nation go through Hopium withdrawal with the associated shivers, puking, diarrhea, and convulsions. The antidote is allowing the adults to take over and administer common sense elixir.

34 posted on 11/06/2012 2:36:48 PM PST by Calpublican
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To: Smogger

Maybe they grew up.


35 posted on 11/06/2012 2:38:45 PM PST by bgill (Evil doers are in every corner of our government. Have we passed the point of no return?)
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To: nhwingut
"Just tuned into MSNBC. Chuck Todd and Robert Gibbs look like they are at a funeral.

Please, oh please, oh please...

Gotta DVR this. My TV is too expensive to watch MSNBC directly. I get Tourtettes and may shoot out the screen. But later, God willing, I can just skip to the part where P*ssy Matthews head explodes, then I'll be OK.

36 posted on 11/06/2012 2:39:41 PM PST by SargeK
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To: Smogger

Here’s some tangible proof to support Begala’s worries. Michael Barone was on Sean Hannity’s program about an hour ago; he reported that early voting in the Ohio county that includes Ohio University is down 60% from 2008. And here’s an even bigger shocker: early voting in the Wisconsin county that includes Madison (and the university) was no higher (in terms of votes) than three GOP counties in the Milwaukee suburbs with much smaller populations.

Looks like the “yuts” are staying home, or voting for someone else. I’ll defer to Wisconsin FReepers for their expertise, but if the Dims can’t rack up in Madison, it will make it much more difficult for them to carry the state.


37 posted on 11/06/2012 2:43:54 PM PST by ExNewsExSpook
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I trust that CNN has a good supply of wastebaskets, ala Carville, for all the despondent O worshipers.
38 posted on 11/06/2012 2:44:09 PM PST by JPG (Make it happen)
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To: Smogger

What they don’t realize is that a lot of young people are voting 3rd party, as per my college aged daughter about a good number of her friends.

She says most people her age are fed up with the two party system and are concerned about where they’re going to be when they’re adults.

Of course, she’s seen her share of single issue, entitlement mentality peers, too.


39 posted on 11/06/2012 2:45:08 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Smogger
Paul Begala's "concern" is my cause for optimism, exuberance.

Paul Begala's "concern" is only as it applies to the job opportunities that will vanish once the "concern" turns to angst,anxiety, disillusionment, despair.

40 posted on 11/06/2012 2:52:50 PM PST by lbryce (BHO-"Now, I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds" by way of Oppenheimer at Trinity, NM)
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To: JPG
I trust that CNN has a good supply of wastebaskets, ala Carville, for all the despondent O worshipers.

I would prefer 12th-story window ledges.

41 posted on 11/06/2012 3:12:30 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: Smogger

If I were Begala, my biggest concern would be my insanity.


42 posted on 11/06/2012 3:17:58 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: nhwingut

Re “Chuck Todd and Robert Gibbs look like hey are at a funeral.” I hope it is THEIRS, and no mourners.


43 posted on 11/06/2012 3:19:40 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Smogger

I am a senior transplant from Ohio to SC and I can assure you that most seniors favor the R’s


44 posted on 11/06/2012 3:21:24 PM PST by estrogen (Vote vote vote)
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To: Smogger

For the young people who voted for Obama four years ago, I suspect many of them want to move out of their parents basement at some point in the future.


45 posted on 11/06/2012 4:13:40 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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