This morning, Jim Geraghty asks us to “Take a look at Obama’s campaign stops since that first debate – almost all of them have been on college campuses“:
Some might wonder if this is because only college campuses have venues large enough to accommodate a crowd coming to see the president, but we all remember the arena rallies and giant crowds in public parks from the 2008 campaign. No, the relentless focus on college campuses is no accident, and it becomes clearer once you throw in his appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and he’ll be appearing with Jay Leno Wednesday night. He’s aiming for the maximum turnout from a demographic that was, until 2008, among the least likely to turn out to vote.
Could it also be that it’s easier to draw a larger crowd on a college campus, with most students having more flexibility than working adults? And, heck, if the rally is on the campus, so students won’t have to go much out of their way to see a candidate whom they only support because, well, your friends are backing him. I mean, it’s not like they have to “crawl over broken glass” to get there.