They’re ‘Just Not that into You’ anymore

Posted on June 25, 2012


“Hello Mr. President? Yes, it’s me, Blasted Fools. Just great, family’s doing fine, thank you. Well, we could use a break on gas prices. Yes, yes – I know. Listen, I’m sorry to bring bad tidings regarding your re-election hopes, but the youth vote is moving away. Yes, that’s what I said. 

That’s correct, Mr. President – I saw the moving van being loaded up, not unloaded. Yes, I tried talking to them but it didn’t do any good. What was the problem? Well, my ‘exit poll’ revealed that they are just ‘not that into you’ anymore. It probably doesn’t help that they are moving their stuff back home to their parents’ place. 

Oh, I see – uh,huh. No problem, you’re just going to have Jim Messina get more going on social networks – send out more tweets about lowering the cost of student loans and creating more jobs? Good luck with that Mr. President. I’m sorry, what – oh, you have to cut it short, you have a golf appointment. O.K., remember, keep it long and straight. All right, bye, bye.” 

If that had been an actual conversation, I probably would have recommended that he get those million under 30 illegals he just saved from the threat of deportation, registered to vote any way he could as soon as possible.

In the 2008 Presidential election, Obama blew the doors off of McCain with the ‘yoot’ vote. He cruised to an easy win with a 34 percent margin, 66% to 32%. That’s kind of like lining up a Chevy Camaro against a Toyota Camry.

Things have changed since. In a recent poll conducted by Georgetown University, less than half of the 18 to 24 group of likely voters favor the big ‘O’. One of the interesting factoids that surfaced in the wake of the Scott Walker recall victory in Wisconsin (besides 34 percent of Union members supporting him), was that Walker won the under 25 vote against his Democrat challenger. If Wisconsin, as even Democrats conceded, is a harbinger of fortunes for their party nationally, that is a Red flag for Obama’s campaign.

It’s true that Obama is trying to go to the desperation card with Student loans as a gambit to get ‘mo’ back on his side. The problem is that he just offset what little traction he might have been getting, by turning an estimated 800,000 to 1 million young illegals loose for jobs that should be available for American youth. The unemployment rate among American youth is estimated at 54%. This is staggering in its implications.

One of the attractive qualities that Obama had going for him in 2008 was the ‘symbolic vote’, the idealism factor. The first Black president who is the youngest candidate since Kennedy and he is you know, ‘off the hook’. Now when Obama tries to get a young likely voter on the phone, the phone is ‘off the hook’. Obama had the ‘cool’ quotient back then. Not so much now. After all, the un-coolness of moving back in with mom and dad, sinks Obama’s ‘coolness’ like the Titanic.

Another thing that can’t be helping him much with the ‘yoot’, is the fact that they hear constant reminders of how much of that $4 Trillion of debt, they are going to be carrying around like a monkey on their shoulder for the rest of their lives. Obama’s approval among young White voters is sinking like a stone – but there are other ethnic and racial categories that are keeping the Obama campaign up at night.

Generation Opportunity has commissioned polls recently that not only find Obama’s favorability sinking among the general population of the young, but specifically among Latino youth as well. Even despite the Dream Act executive order. Consider the implications of these poll results:

  • By nearly a 3:1 ratio, Hispanic young adults prefer “reducing federal spending” (69%) to “raising taxes on individuals” (27%) in order to balance the federal budget.
  •     70% of Hispanic young adults would decrease federal spending if given the chance to set America’s fiscal priorities.
  •     A 57%-majority of Hispanics agree that “if taxes on business profits were reduced, companies would be more likely to hire.”
  •     In a separate question, a 56%-majority concurred “the economy grows best when individuals are allowed to create businesses without government interference.”
  •     61% indicated their agreement with “American Exceptionalism” – described as an ideal of freedom and democracy exclusive and unique to the United States.

Hey, all is not lost…..

There’s still the ‘dead’ vote.