Re: [sixties-l] Critique of Bruce Franklin

From: Ted Morgan (
Date: 10/25/00

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    Chris raises a valid point about politicians' obsession with voter support.
    But I for one don't think the 18-year-old vote change made much difference.
    Given the perennially low voter turnout in that age group, most politicians
    consider them a target audience that's well-down the priority list (especially
    vs., say, the elderly). I think, too, one would have to document that
    18-21-year olds were significantly more antiwar than other by that late date,
    which I'm not sure is the case.
    Ted Morgan
    Chris Shugart wrote:
    > All opinion polls and anti-war demonstrations aside, no one has mentioned
    > what effect lowering the voting age to 18 may have influenced Vietnam war
    > policy in particular, and the political landscape in general. I tend to
    > believe that most protest demonstrations (then, as well as now) have little
    > effect on the political establishment unless it accompanies a tangible
    > voting constituency. I'm no political consultant, but I know how
    > politicians think. As long as they get their votes, they can ignore
    > everything else, in spite of what they might say about being "sensitive to
    > the issues."
    > Chris Shugart

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