President Empty Chair is spending lots of time in the places he’s most comfortable — universities. Read:
President Obama has visited colleges and high schools one out of every 10 days since taking office, a key signal of how important the youth vote is to his reelection and how determined he is to rebuild the lost enthusiasm young voters had for his 2008 hope and change campaign, according to a new study.
But the magic isn’t working, in part because good jobs are hard for college grads to find and the Romney-Ryan campaign has stepped up belittling the president’s job-making tactics. Obama won 66 percent of the youth vote in 2008. A July Pew poll had 61 percent of younger voters favoring Obama.
Empty Chair can easily survive a five-point drop in his approval rating with youth voters. What he’ll find much harder to make up for is the loss of enthusiasm. Once that’s gone, it’s nearly impossible to replace. Especially when that loss is made up of zero-to-lousy job prospects and unshakable student loan debt.