Who killed the GOP brand for young people?
Here’s (via) a table of how Dems fared among voters under 30 in the last few elections:
Gore (2000) +0 18-24, +3 25-29
Kerry (2004) +13 18-24, +3 25-29
Obama (2008) +32 18-29
Obama (2012) +23 18-29
To be clear, the +13 among 18-24 is already quite anomalous, given that Kerry lost by 2.5 among all voters. If you leaf through the last 10 elections, there aren’t many examples prior to that where one age group votes more than 10 points differently than the population at large.
Maybe everything that dies someday comes back, and maybe the white hot intensity of a thousand Watergates has caused Bob Woodward’s long-dormant erection to return. But all the scandal bullshit isn’t getting the youth vote back, I’ll tell you that. Neither are Rubio’s references to Tupac.