Skip to comments.Conservatives may be able to harness youth disillusionment in 2012 (A Liberal mugged becomes...)
Posted on 06/23/2011 8:47:54 AM PDT by Mikey_1962
Edward Dooley, 20, was so enchanted with candidate Barack Obama in the 2008 election that, although he was too young to vote, he still traveled from his home in Massachusetts to New Hampshire to knock on doors for Obama in the primary. Now Dooley, a political science major at George Washington University, holds a different opinion of President Obama and the Democratic Party in general.
For me, Obama had a good amount to do with the reason I changed my political opinions, Dooley said. I classify myself as a former Democrat, current conservative.
Dooley said that part of the reason he no longer supports Obama was that Obama failed to deliver on his idealistic promises, including those related to the economy.
Dooley is not alone.
In a recent poll conducted by the polling company, inc./WomanTrend on behalf of Generation Opportunity, 44 percent of respondents age 18-29 dont approve on how Obama has handled youth unemployment, while only 31 percent approve.
I think (the election) is going to be much closer than people realize, the question is not for whom young people will vote, but whether they will bother at all, Kellyanne Conway, founder and president of tpc/WT, said of the poll results. And its not because they are apathetic, but because they are realists and they know what they see, which is high food and fuel prices and massive student loan debt, and what they dont see, which is a well-paying job and a reason to feel optimistic about their futures.
That is a far cry from 2008, when Obamas approval rating among young people soared, something Jason Mattera, author of Obama Zombies, partially attributes to online mass media.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...
Churchill said it best: "Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains."
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The youth may be disappointed in the obama LIES, but the trick will still be getting them to come out and vote.
Well, the more the merrier but what the hell did Dooley think Obama's 'idealistic promises' were in 2008?
I was a conservative by the time I was a teenager. I guess that means I was wise beyond my years.
Fortunately that age is being lowered to 22 as college students try to go out and find a job in what they went to school for.
I became a Democrat that day. Still, I didn't vote for Jimmy Carter-- there was something about him which set off my BS detector even at that callow young age. But I punted and voted third party while supporting the rest of the Democrat ticket. Most of my colleagues at the time enthusiastically voted for Jimbo.
It was an entirely different story 2-4 years later as we begin to graduate from college. Double digit interest and inflation rates and high unemployment (albeit not at today's higher rates) had the habit of waking many of us out of our utopian stupor.
I guess I was heartless when my first vote was for Ronald Reagan in 1980.
I voted for Carter in 76. I was 18, knew absolutely nothing about politics, US foreign policy or anything else. I figured most of the cute airheaded girls I knew were voting for him. . .
This is why I support raising the voting age to 30. Nuff said
That's pretty much how I've thought about the whole 0 thing since McCain blew the '08 election with his stupid...
"You don't have to fear an obama presidency" answerer to a question.
I've thought about it and while I'd be happy to have seen the flop-eared S.O.B. never in office, I think that he is so terrible a president that he will probably be responsible for the democrats being run out of power for the next 50 years.
Hope so anyway.
“Youth” see the “stuff” that people have who are older and have paid their dues.
They either don’t understand the paying dues part, or they simply don’t want to pay their dues to get the “stuff”.
The left plays on this, touting “fairness”, but in reality, the implied promise is “we’ll take their stuff and give it to you”, and mostly the “we’ll take” part appeals to [young] human nature.
Same here. I made up for it by voting for Reagan - both times - as a conservative Democrat. I have long since left the democrat party.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me! :-)
I’ve notice with some liberals that they won’t admit the truth about their candidate because it would admit they are wrong.
I troll on a forum where there are a lot of 20-somethings.
Many of whom are unemployed or hugely underemployed.
In 2009 Obama was God.
In 2010 it was still Bush’s fault.
These days I’m seeing some common sense seeping in.
The “yutes” may not vote R, but they may well not vote at all.
I don’t think the election will be close at all. The pot smoking Amish and disillusioned left will stay home and we will be out in DROVES to cleanse ourselves of this Marxist filth who belongs in prison.
My 23 year old future daughter-in-law was an idealistic lib who voted for Obama. She’s now a die-hard conservative who can’t wait to vote the Loser-in-Chief out of office! Woohoo!!
They won’t vote for us and we won’t vote for them. We need numbers and motivation. but trying to change minds among liberals is delusional at best. It wastes time and energy.
I agree with you totally UNLESS the Baraqqis can pull of a Romney nomination via open primary states and a subsequent Tea Party challenger.
In a 3-way race, I think Baraq has a decent shot at a Clintonian plurality win. I believe Baraq has rock solid support in the 37-40% range.
I guess I never had a heart because I have never been a liberal. Even through school, when they tried to pedal a political agenda in science, literature, and history classes, I always saw through the BS. I have never been a religious person either, though I do believe in God and am fascinated by the Bible from a historical perspective. I am 32 years old and a former alcoholic (at least that is what everyone told me when I got my 2nd DUI at 22) that beat the disease on my own (never could get in line with the AA cult either). If things aren’t working for you, you just change your thought process. I can now enjoy a beer here and there, but haven’t gotten drunk in ages. No more trouble since the 2nd DUI, married, 2 year old son, home owner, good well paid job etc.
I guess I am just skeptical about everything and I have just never been one to simply believe what I am told or engage in group think.
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