A three block line weaved through a quaint neighborhood in South End of Boston, each person waiting to cast their vote at the polling place inside the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. This is an austere, historic and heavily liberal section of Boston (generously assuming there are some non-liberal parts of Boston). Signs for Elizabeth Warren and buttons proudly proclaiming "Students for Obama" were in abundance.
This reporter called on some of those in line, asking some simple questions concerning why they showed up today to perform their civic duty. So what were the issues that animated them in the campaign? Their answers were largely couched in generalities, warm pockets of feel-good social "rights" issues.
"Women's rights", "gay marriage", "planned parenthood", "social welfare" rang out time and time again. The economic issues Mitt Romney hammered on were nowhere to be found -- these voters were participating in an alternate election, one based on the social issues hand-crafted by team Obama. Without any specifics, but in full faith, these young voters stood, ready to cast their sacred ballots for the incumbent.
To any conservative wondering where they went astray this cycle, observe the religious-like conviction of the voters here when rattling off their liberal talking points. However, beyond the rhetoric, how much do these eager voters know about our American government? Just a few questions, then: How many Senators are there? How many Congressmen? Supreme Court Justices? Who is Nancy Pelosi? Harry Reid? Can you name an amendment to the Constitution?
Just in case you need the answers to the questions, here they are:
Number of Congressmen: 435
Number of Senators: 100
Number of Justices on the Supreme Court: 9
Nancy Pelosi: Minority Leader of the House
Harry Reid: Majority Leader in the Senate