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June 7, 2011
Comrade Obama No Longer Cool With Young Voters
Posted by Dave Blount at June 7, 2011 10:21 AM
The one nice thing about the shallow, idiotic fads that come and go among young trendoids is that they never last long. The erstwhile Anointed One's approval rating has dropped 10 points in the 18–29 age bracket.
And if you want a look into the reason for the slump in one of the demographic groups that most strongly embraced Obama in 2008, it may be this: Obama's simply not cool anymore.
The New York Times' John Vinocur finds ample anecdotes to flesh out that theory at Oberlin College, a campus that prides itself for its brand of hipster left-wing activism. Among Vinocur's data points: Four undergrad editors at The Oberlin Review signed an essay lamenting that most students had opted out of agitating, unlike alums who protested slavery and the Vietnam war. A symposium last month called "Oberlin-based Perspectives on the Obama Presidency" noted that students don't think Obama's cool anymore—all his cute little quirks have become grating, a polisci professor explained, and the real Obama can't live up to their idea of him. Students aren't even impressed that Osama bin Laden was killed, protesting that the world's most wanted terrorist was unarmed when he was shot. Vinocur writes that although disaffection at Oberlin is "a speck of confetti in a storm of pre-2012 election indicators in America… it's also a fact that Mr. Obama's most diligent canvassers in 2008 often came from the country's campuses." Brownstein, too, notes that the lack of youth enthusiasm is "worrisome" and could be related to young people's higher unemployment rates.
College doesn't last forever. Sooner or later, you have to get a job. Obviously, there won't be many to be had until the Moonbat Messiah is out of office.
On tips from G. Fox and J.