Remember when Donna Brazile sent us old, poor Bubbas packing in favor of their shinier, younger base?

But, Paul, you’re looking at the old coalition. A new Democratic coalition is younger. It is more urban, as well as suburban, and we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics.

Well, I am not exactly shocked to read this headline

Young Voters Cooling towards Democrats

For months now I watched cheerleaders in B0botland saying that whatever troublemakers were saying there does not reflect in polls

but the subtitle of this piece is

Pew Study: 18-to-29 Year Olds’ Support Eroding Following Lack of Change in Washington, Escalating War in Afghanistan

And much as I tend to take all polls with a grain of salt and Pew with 3 grains, this seems to be a way overdue result

First of all, the much touted “big splash” in the presidential election is a joke as well when you look at the numbers

During the presidential election, turnout among 18-to-29 year olds was the highest in years, making up roughly 20 percent of the voters in many states including Virginia and New Jersey, due in part to high participation from young blacks and Hispanics.

20 percent? For that they threw away the blue collar base?

And from THAT, not only did their numbers go down, but their enthusiasm (read turnout) follows. And for that, there’s more proof than just polling – in exit polls from recent elections

Democrats saw evidence of this last November, when Republicans toppled Democrats from power in governor’s races in New Jersey and Virginia. Young, minority and new voters who Obama pulled into the fold in 2008 didn’t turn out at the same levels for the two Democratic candidates. The same thing happened in the Massachusetts Senate race last month.

The poll also illustrates the B0bot finger in the ear mentality

Still, when asked why Obama hadn’t done more to bring change, young adults were somewhat forgiving, with about 56 percent blaming the president’s opponents and special interests; only 30 percent said Obama was the one at fault for not trying hard enough.

But as for Obama’s chances in harnessing them again

Neither party has a hold on 18-to-29 year olds. They tend to vote far less than other age groups, yet they have proven to be a powerful constituency if they are persuaded to vote. And that means the race is on by both Republicans and Democrats to make inroads into the next generation of voters.

Analysts say the findings reflect the fast pace at which young voters live their lives, and both parties should take note of their fickleness.

Oops! Better court the old Bubbas again, eh?

In B0botland there’s mostly approval for these findings

And some justified reserve for the bias in the article

6. Young people aren’t into a blank check for war, bankster bailouts, and mandatory insurance? Fickle!


with the usual head in the sand contingent – surprisingly small

23. Bullshit. Nobody’s going Repig.
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51. They’re not going anywhere. They’re staying home.

but the saner ones are adding to the arguments in the piece

47. You ain’t seen nothin yet.

Wait until Obama & The Democrats FORCE them to BUY worthless Health Insurance.
Better not stand between them and the EXIT.