Youth Ride Obama's Wave

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Youth Ride Obama's Wave

May 8, 2008

Another week, another primary – in this case, two of them. It’s almost over, or is it? Will the Democratic presidential nomination go to the convention at the end of August? The super-delegates are being lobbied. There are fewer than 300 who have not announced their commitment. They will decide because there are not enough pledged delegates left in these primaries to nominate either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

The youth vote will be a major factor in the general election. More young people have registered to vote this year than at any time in memory. They appear mostly for Obama. But there are dangers inherent in youth and inexperience. Most of the young are caught up in the excitement of the Obama wave, but the ones I’ve seen interviewed don’t know what he believes or the consequences of his far-left positions. Someone – perhaps someone their age – had better tell them.

To the young, John McCain may appear a grandfather figure, but grandfathers can be good. They can bring experience and wisdom, qualities the young need, but won’t have until they are older and wiser.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.