Friday, July 18, 2008

Disinterested Independents

Digby laments the boredom of independent voters -- only 21 percent find the race between McCain and Obama interesting. She says, "I don't know what these people need to make an election interesting. If the huge crowds, new faces, songs, debates galore and huge issues don't do it, I'm not sure what these people want."

Her frustration is understandable. After all, activists have been pumping up voters around the country and Obama appears every now and again in those celebrity rags. But I think we forget that politics is pretty boring to most people. Politics appeals to a niche audience, even if that niche is growing lately.

But for the bored voters, plenty believe that politics is something that happens over there and not to them. A lot of independents also believe that there isn't much difference between the parties. Lastly, the election is still months away. There are plenty of people out there that don't feel any urgency to get informed or gear up for something that's happening in November.

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