So this is what Rock the Vote is using to encourage The Kids to break all precedents and show up at the polls on November 4.

Perhaps some readers will be better equipped than this old cracker to judge the effectiveness of ads like this. My first elections were in the 70s, when the last thing that would have influenced me was a TV star or a best-selling musician.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.