Nearly the exact opposite of what mainstream media has been projecting about a youth vote in crisis, the dominant atmosphere at Ignite 2010 was of young voters still heavily committed to the change they voted for two years ago.
California legalizing marijuana seems to have become a very real possibility, and how Obama's going to handle it will be important. The state could become a "test-case" in challenging federal laws on the matter.
For many, the Democratic base includes African Americans, Latinos, gays and lesbians, young voters, union members and women. These voters combine for about 70 percent of the electorate, so obviously they are not all the base.
Another election cycle, another narrative about the fickle youth vote, another misleading piece that mischaracterizes an entire generation before a single poll opens. We're not as shallow as the now infamous NYT piece would have you believe.
Since 2000, young people have been hitting the polls in increasingly unprecedented numbers. Yes, since 2000. Despite what you may have heard, youth turnout wasn't an unexpected consequence of one election cycle or the byproduct of one person, party or policy.
It's time to stop allowing the pundits and pollsters to speak for us- there's still too much at stake.
In the interim, if they insist on calling us zombies, then we might as well embrace it and have a little fun in the process.