The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Obama campaign has turned down Lindsay Lohan’s offer to host events for young voters and go on the stump for Barack. It appears that the actress’s past troubles with alcohol and drugs have scared off the campaign. Sure, she’s been arrested for drunken driving and cocaine possession, and she’s done a stint in rehab. But all that makes her is an icon for those in the 18-25 year old demographic–and a perfect ambassador for Obama.
In case you haven’t noticed, people aged 18-25 like to do drugs and drink alcohol. That’s why they often go to college. They also can vote, and in an election expected to be close, their votes could make the difference. Survey results from the Department of Health and Human services found that nationally in a particular month, approximately 40.1% of those in the 18-25 demographic used illicit drugs (6.5 million people). Approximately 50% of those 18-20 used alcohol, while 68% of those 21-25 also drank (19 million people). Even if you consider that a good portion of those using drugs probably did so with a cocktail in their hand, that’s still a considerable number of potential votes. And Lindsay Lohan is just the starlet who can reel them in.
Taking an overview, it’s likely that some 18-to-25ers are probably intending to cast their ballots anyway. But there are others, ones who are too stoned to watch the news but just cognizant enough to ferret out Entertainment Tonight or TMZ. Here’s the scenario: Inbetween lines, tokes, or mojitos, the youthful party animal catches the stunning Lohan in a little black dress; she’s saying how much the country and especially their generation needs Obama. A thought rises as the endorphins fire: “Hey, if Lindsay’s for this guy, then he’s got to be cool and I might as well vote for the dude. Worse comes to worse, I can hit the booth and pick up a 12 pack of Bud Light Lime and an eight ball on the way home.” This could play out in every state in the nation, and those voters could tip the scales in favor of Obama. If you don’t think “the party vote” would have carried Florida for Al Gore in 2000, then you’ve never seen Miami Vice.
Mr. Obama, ignore your advisors and get Lindsay Lohan on the phone. Put her to work for you. She’s the key to votes that could win you this election, even if she can’t walk a straight line at 3:00 in the morning.