The term swiftboating (also swift-boating or swift boating) is a pejorative American neologism used to describe an unfair or untrue political attack. The term is derived from the name of the organization “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” (SBVT, later the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth) because of their widely publicized—and later discredited—campaign against 2004 U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry – Wikipedia
But this (Taylor) Swift Boating is kinder and gentler, an exercise in decency, fairness, good citizenship, and the best of democracy — getting the young people out to vote.
Taylor Swift’s Savvy, Smiley Instagram Voter Drive
Please, please educate yourself on the candidates … and vote based on who most closely represents your values,” she [Taylor Swift] wrote in an Instagram post that likely contributed to a surge of more than 100,000 young adults registering at vote.org. Some might have guessed that this awokening would be a one-and-done affair before she returned to mere tour promotion. But instead, Swift has doubled down on her campaigning—though within clear and careful parameters. – Atlantic
So far, looking effective and generating results. Ms. Swift’s instagram account has more than double the twitter followers of President Trump — 112 million versus 55.5 million, respectively. Polls show the youth vote is set to almost double its highest turn out ever.
Youth Voter Turnout in the Midterm Elections Could Be Historic
Young voters could turn out to vote at record-breaking levels in the midterm elections next month, according to a new poll.
The poll, released Monday by the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, found 40% of 18 to 29-year-olds say they will “definitely vote” in the midterm elections on Nov. 6.
Youth voter turnout has historically been dismal in midterm elections, which tend to draw fewer voters overall than presidential election years. The highest rate of youth voter turnout in past midterm elections was 21% in both 1986 and 1994, according to the Harvard report, which cited U.S. Census data. – Time
These young people don’t like the “politics of mean.” I know first hand, I have two.