There are only two interesting things about what happened in the Iowa
caucuses. One, the turnout for Democrats was much higher than
the turnout for Republicans. Voter turnout is everything in
US elections. It will continue to be the single most
important factor, until we adopt a civilized form of Democracy and make
voting mandatory. Two, a lot of young people got involved.
Progressives have known for decades that the key to any
meaningful reform is to get young people to vote.
I think the Internet has something to do with the improved
participation by young people. Let’s hope that trend
continues. Once they see that they can make a difference,
maybe they will make it a habit.