Around 8:30 this morning, my doorbell rang. Outside, there was a young white girl who looked to be around 13 years old holding a pile of Bobby Jindal push cards. Today, Tuesday, October 16, 2007 (the blog is published in GMT) is, in fact, a school day, but while most children were in school, a group of teenage girls “decided” to skip class in order to canvass Alexandria neighborhoods with Bobby Jindal push cards.
Representative Jindal arrived in Alexandria a few hours later, and coincidentally, he was met by a crew of teenage girls. It is always great when young people decide to become engaged in our democracy, but when young people are told to skip school and go to work for a candidate (with the promise that they will meet him later in the afternoon), they’re not engaging in the process; they are being used to do a candidate’s legwork. Today in Alexandria: (Photo courtesy of The Town Talk)