Friday, October 26, 2012

Your first time

For first time voters, or those wondering whether they are even ready to vote for the first time, here is a reminder that not only is it important to vote, it's also important to think carefully about the kind of person the country is about to get in bed with for the next four years.

How anyone could think this video is anything but adorable is beyond me. But since it has gotten some criticism from conservatives who think it's tasteless to compare voting to sex, I was happy to find, courtesy of TPM, that during the 1980 presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan made exactly the same "first time" analogy when he was urging working class Democrats to consider voting for a Republican for the first time:
“I know what it’s like to pull the Republican lever for the first time, because I used to be a Democrat myself, and I can tell you it only hurts for a minute and then it feels just great.”

We can expect that the disapproving scolds who are acting shocked and appalled by the Lena Dunham video will either ignore this Reagan story or say that it's completely different when Reagan does it.


  1. It doesn't bother me; I think it is silly in a cute way. No help what-so-ever.

    What is a bit worrisome are the Presidents methods. In 2008 he made fun of candidates who didn't run on their record, but made big campaigns out of little things and attacked their opposition. Now, here is his, in 2012, attacking his opposition with silly adds comparing voting to sex, with talk of bayonetes, saving Big Bird, dunce caps, BS, etc. What the heck happened to this man? Hillary is not going down with him. The Clintons will distance themselves this week. Mark my words!

  2. Voting is like sex. I've been sitting in a polling place in North Las Vegas all morning watching people turn out for early voting. Every time a first time voter comes in, all the poll workers yell out, "first time voter! whoo hoo!." And these people are voting with enthusiasm and excitement, and not too many of them are voting for your man Romney.

    At this point, if people don't understand the issues, they never will. The only issue left is turnout. If silly videos will help get people out to vote, what's wrong with that?

    In any case, the only campaign that has been serious about the issues is the Obama campaign. The only time they're not serious is when they're making fun of the ridiculous ideas of the other side.