Amy Davis ’13 invites you to do this before you do this (or this):
The American Studies Majors’ Committee and the Government Majors’ Committee are pleased to invite one and all to count down to our next president Tuesday Nov. 6 at 9pm in the Woodhead Lounge! There will be snacks (feel free to bring your own too!), games, and lots of anxious fingernail biting. Bring your friends, stop in or stay a while, and celebrate (or mourn) the night away with us!
“Look, it’s the first debate, which many people would argue is the most important of them all.”
The Onion is reporting that Obama is psyched for the very first presidential debate tonight. We’re psyched, too! For another Wesleying liveblog! Now that Wesleying has finally recovered from last Thursday’s sober/drunk/high Vice Presidential adventure, we’ll be following tonight’s debate in real time. We’ll all be sober this time, though. Probably.
If you’re looking to watch the debate online, CNN is a reliable destination. This one will be Town Hall-style, meaning voters will be asking the questions, which might call to mind this classic 1992 debate moment, except not: Slate is reporting that both campaigns have agreed on a restrictive set of debate rules that basically prevent either candidate from having to answer follow-up questions or interact with audience members. As the rule sheet requires: “The audience members shall not ask follow-up questions or otherwise participate in the extended discussion, and the audience member’s microphone shall be turned off after he or she completes asking the questions.” Full memorandum of understanding here. Democracy in action after the jump.
In the presidents-for-presidents division, Zachary Malter ’13 sends word that this is your last chance to save your Obamacare:
Last chance to sign-up for the New Hampshire Obama trip. Sign-ups close Monday at 3pm. Sign up here. You can sign up to canvass for one day or up to four. For more information check out the facebook group.
Hello and welcome to the first liveblog of the first debate of the 2012 Presidentiapocalypse! Right now you’re probably asking yourself, “Well, this is awesome! But why is Wesleying doing a liveblog of the presidential debates in the first place?” Good question, insightful reader. Sit down on papa’s lap and I’ll give you an answer.
Wesleying is about all things Wesleyan/college life, right? Right. Some of us here at headquarters were doing some pondering, and we realized: the elections affect students’ lives. And given the reaction to Obama’s victory and 2008 commencement address, Wesleyan students clearly have a part. (Disclaimer: I like Obama.)
The number of disenfranchised could be in the millions. Don’t be among them.
If you’re a U.S. citizen over the age of 18 and hoping to vote in the upcoming Presidential election, pay close attention: you could very well be disenfranchised (that is, turned away at the polls) if you do not get the appropriate identification documents in order. A recent Huffington Post article basically says it all:
In the last two years, Republican-controlled state legislatures have passed dozens of bills that erect new barriers to voting, all targeting Democratic-leaning groups, many specifically aimed at students. The GOP’s stated rationale is to fight voter fraud. But voter fraud—and especially in-person fraud which many of these measures address—is essentially nonexistent
That about sums everything up, but in case you haven’t yet heard about any of this, here’s the scoop: for the past couple years, states all across the country have been implementing new voter ID laws to supposedly mitigate voter fraud. Fact of the matter is, voter fraud happens at a staggering negligible amount of less than 0.001% of all votes cast during elections.
Do you want to keep Mitt Romney out of the White House help President Barack Obama get reelected in November 2012? Care about issues like women’s rights and maintaining a progressive platform? Hoping to get some job experience, such as internships on a campaign? Perfect, because Michael Linden ’15, President of WesDems, has news for you: the Wesleyan Democrats are having their kickoff meeting tonight! In his own words:
This will be a kickoff / informational meeting about everything we plan on doing this Fall to support the Democratic ticket, from the President down to the local Democratic candidates. We will discuss our planned efforts in Connecticut, potential trips to swing states, opportunities for students to work on political campaigns this Fall, and more. And as a special bonus, former Wes student and current Connecticut State Rep. Matt Lesser will be joining us!
Date: Tuesday, September 18 Time: 8:00 pm Place: PAC 125 Why: because WesDems don’t want these guys in the White House
So get your game face on, peeps — it’s sure to be an intense election season!
“While you sit around broing out, blasting your dubstep and sipping your Natty, take comfort knowing that Obama is a bro just like you.”
Worried that Obama’s rapidly losing the crucial bro vote to VP pick and general stud Paul Ryan, noted mountain climber, marathon runner, and all-around workout freak? Fearing Democrats can’t possibly match the punny brilliance of Nobama and bumper sticker industrial complex? Not convinced that the leader of the free world is even a bro at all?
Take solace in BroBama, a new Tumblr created by an anonymous Wes student and reportedly commissioned by President Obama himself. Its tagline: “Harnessing the BroVote, one meme at a time.” Here’s the tip Wesleying received:
In an effort to harness the vote of the Bromosapean demographic in this coming November’s election, this blog—commissioned by President Obama himself and created by a Wesleyan student—has sprouted up across the internet and received wild support. So here’s one for all you Bros out there. While you sit around broing out, blasting your dubstep and sipping your Natty, take comfort knowing that Obama is a bro just like you!
I don’t like to name drop, but the first person to tell me about this was the President of the United States. I was interviewing the president for an interview that’s going to be in O magazine . . . and as I sat down putting on my mic, he said ‘have you seen this movie, Beasts of the Southern Wild?’ I hadn’t even heard the phrase so I didn’t even know what he was talking about. And since then at least a dozen different people said to me, ‘have you seen this movie Beasts of the Southern Wild, you have got to see this film.’
Alex Okrent ’05passed away Friday morning after collapsing at the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago, where he worked. The 29-year-old alumnus of the College of Social Studies (CSS) was Paid Media and Polling Regional Director for the 2012 presidential campaign, and has worked for Obama ever since his 2004 senate campaign.
Fox Chicago reported that Okrent had been working out at the gym earlier that morning, as he did every day, before coming into work at the campaign headquarters in the Prudential Center. A report by the local ABC News affiliate adds that he told a friend he was talking to online that he wasn’t feeling well, collapsing when he went to take an aspirin. He was treated on-site by paramedics before being taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after. A massive heart attack may have been to blame, Okrent’s family believes.