With Election 2010 looming and things looking dark for Democratic representatives everywhere, how will the party recover its 2008 mojo, particularly with its zealous Obamamaniacs in the 18- to 34-year-old demo? The DNC might have one solution in a new organization called Gen 44, which hopes to reignite that spark in a midterm year among the young voters who so enthusiastically campaigned for the President. Our own Maegan Carberry gets the scoop on Gen 44 from Sharon Yang, the group's Finance Director. (See an intro video from Yang here.)
How does Gen 44 hope to bring the young voter back into the fold and reach the young professionals, ages 25-40? Will having such honorary chairs as Mayor Corey Booker and Congressman Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania help? Yang also talks the events Gen 44 is planning in the future, how the organization will spread the word by focusing on regions, and how its mission is to want to engage young voters every year, not just in sexy presidential campaigns. Co-hosts Ted Johnson and Teresa Valdez-Klein weigh in on the issue too: What was it about Obama that brought out these voters, and how does Gen 44 capture that? How can Gen 44 emulate the bottom-up feeling of the campaign, where people felt they had input and weren't being told what to do? Will high unemployment numbers in this group hurt or help the effort? And will these voters respond to Obama's new focus on the Republican role in governance, including their role in blocking any and all policy?
Finally, we also discuss two recent controversies in politics: first, the Tea Party Convention with its entrance fees, for-profit status, and the pull-out of various Republican speakers. Could social issues like immigration doom the Tea Party as a national movement? Second, we revel in the Demon Sheep ad controversy, released by Carly Fiorina, calling her Republican opponent Tom Campbell a wolf in sheep's clothing because he's not fiscally conservative enough. The surreal ad is worth seeing, suggesting that good fiscal conservatives are "sheep," even though the animals aren't really known for their smarts or leadership ability. Is this good for Carly? For fiscal conservatives? For sheep everywhere? And why did the demon sheep look like a muppet?
Wilshire & Washington, the weekly Blog Talk Radio program that explores the intersection of politics, entertainment, and new media, features co-hosts Ted Johnson, Managing Editor of Variety; conservative blogger Teresa Valdez Klein (www.teresacentric.com), and liberal blogger Maegan Carberry (www.maegancarberry.com). The show airs every Wednesday at 7:30am PST on BlogTalkRadio.com.
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