The video: Democrats are hoping they've found a new weapon for the November midterm election — the vulnerable appeal of teen pop star Justin Bieber. "Bieber can't vote in our midterms (he's both too young and too Canadian)," runs a get-out-the-vote clip that's being showcased by the liberal outreach group Campus Progress, a college spin-off of the Center for American Progress. The spot argues that Americans over 18 should show up at the polls to look out for Bieber's best interests. "Whomever we elect in the 2010 midterm elections will impact his future and ours," says one of the clip's participants. "So tell your parents, your grandparents, your Facebook friends... If they won't do it for you, ask them to do it for Bieber."
The reaction: While a "curious" way to drum up votes, this video just might work, say the editors of Truthdig. Bieber is "tween catnip" and, though his fans can't vote, the mere mention of his name should be enough to get them to "hassle their parents" into doing so. You can't blame "desperate" Democrats, says Doug Powers at MichelleMalkin.com. At the moment, "Justin Bieber is the only issue [they're not] running away from." Here's the spot:
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