February 29, 2004


Gore-loving punks aim to bring down George W. Bush:

Nearly 200 US punk bands have lined up to try to get fans to boost the vote against President Bush through the Punk Voter coalition.

Punk Voter's roots go back to 2000 when NOFX bassist Fat Mike suffered insomnia after Bush beat Al Gore in the election by 537 votes in Florida.

Poor Fat Mike. Wonder which way DJ Earthquake is going to vote?

Posted by Tim Blair at February 29, 2004 12:07 PM

Punk voter coalition??

I thought the whole punk raison d'etre was being disaffected with society - in a country without compulsory voting, I'll bet the total number of 'punk' votes cast is 2.

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Posted by: Katrina at February 29, 2004 at 12:15 PM

Thanks Tim, that DJ Earthquake article is priceless.

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Posted by: Andrea Harris at February 29, 2004 at 12:58 PM

geez, lighten up. It's the weekend...

Posted by: Katrina at February 29, 2004 at 01:55 PM

What does "it's the weekend" have to do with anything? And if you don't care that people think you are spamming the comments because you have the same thing in every comment you make, you may be spending your weekend lightened of the burden of commenting here.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at February 29, 2004 at 03:25 PM

YES!!! That's what I'm talkin' 'bout, Andrea!

Posted by: JDB at February 29, 2004 at 04:09 PM

I guess that's the difference between me and the Dems...they lose sleep after a democratically held election, while I lost sleep after 9/11...

Posted by: Jerry at March 1, 2004 at 01:21 AM

Punk Voter? Another oxymoron. Punks are supposed to care one bit.

Posted by: aaron at March 1, 2004 at 01:51 AM

The only punk I woulda listened to stabbed his girlfriend to death and then od'ed in the Chelsea.

Posted by: ushie at March 1, 2004 at 04:07 AM

Ushie, yeah cause he was a punk first and a musician second. It is amazing how these punk muppets think that 1. no Punk fans having any brains 2. they all are naturally lefties.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at March 1, 2004 at 08:09 AM

Florida is not quite the Punk Voter target demographic.

Posted by: nofixedabode at March 1, 2004 at 09:54 AM

As far as punks go, not all of them are in the Democratic camp. It's just the Democratic or otherwise leftly-inclinded ones that get attention. For some reason, the others tend to stay quiet. Being on a compilation entitled "Rock Against Bush Vol. 1" will garner more news than passively agreeing with Bush and not saying anything.

Katrina, being a punk doesn't automatically make you unconcerned with politics. I'd say punks are just as likely to vote as anyone else in society. Apathy is a general problem. And punk music, often politically motivated, is likely to get people to vote.

Just as likely as, say, a country song by Toby Keith.

Posted by: Cal at March 1, 2004 at 04:39 PM

I'm an old-school crusty punk, who votes Libertarian every chance I get. Most of my friends consider the Dems a party of arrogant, hippie, baby boomers who can't seem to get their asses out of the 60's. I notice my friends tend to vote across the board when it comes to issues and also tend to be Libertarians, like myself, or Independent.

Hey Katrina, I think you should refer to the line in the movie "Slackers" that discusses the difference between apathy and recoiling in disgust when refering to most "US punk" viewpoints on the political system in the States.

Posted by: trackersmurf at March 2, 2004 at 02:32 PM

some of the punk bands aren't even american

sum-41, good charlotte

Posted by: robert at March 2, 2004 at 06:06 PM

Well, Sum-41 is from Canada and Good Charlotte is from the USA, I think Maryland

Posted by: Brett at March 3, 2004 at 02:56 AM

Encouraging knowing that even punks have seen the light. Reps will be surprised by the massive mobilisation against Bush on voting day. It will leave Bush (and the few people who refuse to see the truth) all alone against the world.

Posted by: Francis Ezeu at March 11, 2004 at 02:19 PM