The Idaho Caucuses - Youth Is Served


In a sea of people populated predominately with middle-aged baby boomers, the faces of youth stuck out like a sore thumb at Tuesday night's Ada County GOP Caucuses.

Gathered in a bottom corner of the bleachers were a group of Borah High School Students who made a point of arriving early to the event. The group of teenagers included some who were eager to caucus, an equal number who were disinterested and a few others who had very strong opinions.

“Whoever wins the Republican primary is not going to beat Barack Obama,” said one of the more vocal members of the group. “So this really doesn’t matter.”

The students made a point of noticing a man, sitting nearby, wearing a leather jacket and shit that read "Obama Bin Laden."

“Ninety-two percent of the people here are old—like over 50,” one high school student exclaimed.

While many first-time voters may fall into the same political party as their parents, brothers Jeremy Butram and Matt Meacham have built their own set of political beliefs.

“I came here to make a change,” said Butram. “Because my dad doesn’t vote, this is the least I could do.”

The two Rocky Mountain High School seniors both considered themselves Republicans. Though Butram is the only one legally old enough to cast a vote, he remained on the fence about which GOP candidate he envisioned as the future president, unlike his younger brother Meacham.

“This election really matters to me because I am enlisted in the Navy,” Meacham explained. “I want someone who is going to care about my future.” Meacham named Rick Santorum as his candidate of choice for "his strong family values."

“I joined the Navy to be a global force for good because that’s their whole concept,” said Meacham.

Ironically, Meacham was able to join the armed forces before he was old enough to vote.

And by the end of the evening, Meacham had convinced his brother to support his candidate: Santorum.