A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. ~Shelby Foote

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

I Blame Al

Back in the day-- say anywhere from about the '80s through the end of the 20th century, the Democratic Party was always the fun party-- the party Party. They had candidates that knew how to party-- Gary Hart and Bill Clinton, for example. And the College Democrats on many campuses would have given the double secret probation Deltas a run for their money. Contrariwise, the Republican Party was a tight-laced, tie-wearing group of nerds-- Nixon, Ford, Reagan, GHW Bush, Bob Dole... the mind boggles.

Ever since Al Gore won his party's nomination back in '00, it's been a complete role-reversal. Gore is the antithesis of a party animal, and his wife wanted to label all those nasty rock records to save the children. John Kerry? Huh... wha? Oh sorry, drifted off there. GW Bush, meanwhile, was a college frat boy. Unsurprisingly then, there comes this.

If you're a college kid and your choice is: A) Party at the beach or B) Knock on doors and talk to the poor saps on the other side about Al Gore's movie, what percentage are going with option B? Now, I'll grant you those picking B will be very devoted to their cause, but they're still going to be outnumbered, by a huge percentage.


You know, conservatives like to bemoan the fact that kids these days never spend time on anything serious.

But when they do, you mock them.

I guess it only counts if it's something YOU get to define for them.

But realistically, they are actually adults, and maybe want to make up their own minds about what they want to do with their time?

As for the beach parties, those are going to happen regardless, so my prediction is that any political undertone will be nearly immediatley lost in the flood of alcohol, drugs, and hormones.
I wasn't mocking them. I just found it rather interesting that the perception of the two parties has flip-flopped. Perhaps that explains why W. is spending like an LBJ liberal.

That whole sense of humor thing-- seems to have escaped you with this post tc. Lighten up, dude.
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