In the upcoming election, most of the young voters will have no understanding of some of the major issues being debated.
After all, an eighteen year old today was only 11 year old when the 9/11 attacks occurred. That same eighteen year old was not even born when the Berlin wall fell in 1989.
It is no coincidence that Democrats didn’t mention national security this time. In 2004, as you might remember, they were all about Kerry’s military experience. Remember how they called Bush a fake and Cheney a draft dodger? (By the way, you don’t see McCain challenging Obama’s military experience… Furthermore, Biden has some interesting experiences in that dodging thing).
It is more interesting to see how the Dems are not mentioning Georgia or even Darfur this time… The only international conflict they talk about is Iraq, and the surge’s success cut that subject really short.
The idea used in 2004 that Democrats can be “strong but different” as far as foreign policy is concerned is simply gone. They just want to avoid the subject completely now.
Republicans on the other side are betting everything on John McCain’s experience. His status of war hero and the fact that he was right about the surge are some of his biggest strengths. But how much will that work when you have a big part of your public who don’t even know who our enemies are?
Pretty dangerous times.