Laura grills election experts Bill Hillsman, founder of Independent Voters of America and author of Run the Other Way: Fixing the Two-Party System, One Campaign at a Time, and Morley Winograd, Al Gore’s Senior Policy Advisor and the co-author of Millennial Makeover: My Space, YouTube, and the Future of American Politics, on so-called floaters, swing voters, the youth vote, and the role of new media and technology in electoral politics. And why they don’t think the new MoveOn ad is effective.

Frank Luntz in the LA Times calls them floaters. More commonly known as swing voters or independents they are being touted as the key to winning the upcoming election. But has the float vote been over-hyped and is the independent voter a thing of the past?

More to the point, have youth eclipsed independents as the election’s most sought after demographic? Obama thinks so and he’s out to find them: 40 million voters under the age of 25, the majority of whom vote and identify with the Democratic Party. Find out here why the digital divide, the age of information, and the fact that John McCain is after all aware of the internet might just have something to do with who ends up in the oval office.

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.