FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
If you want to know which way the political winds are blowing, look at the young. Trends in the opinions of the youngest voters are often a barometer of shifting political tides. For the Democrats as we approach the 2008 election, this is great news. For Republicans, not so good. In fact, terrible.
The Pew Research Center did a survey of young people between October of last year and March of this year. What they found was that the current generation of young voters who came of age during the George W. Bush years is giving the Democrats a wide advantage in party identification.
58% of voters under the age of 30 surveyed during that time identified or leaned toward the democratic party, compared with just 33% who identified or leaned toward the Republican party. In fact, the Democratic Party's current lead in party identification among young voters has more than doubled since the 2004 campaign - from 11 points then to 25 points now.
In fact, the Democrats' advantage among young voters is now so broad-based that younger men are now the only age category in the entire electorate where men are significantly more inclined to identify themselves as Democrats rather than Republicans.
And if you're John McCain, that's a big problem.
Here’s my question to you: Why can’t the Republican Party attract more voters under the age of 30?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
It won't happen with a 72 year-old candidate who believes we might be sending our young people to Iraq for 100 years!
Simple. Stop nominating tired old men with tired old ideas from a different era and find a vibrant, young, forward-thinking candidate. McCain reminds youthful voters of their feeble grandfather. Even though Romney didn't "connect" as well as he needed to, he certainly would have been a more attractive choice for young voters. How about a candidate that has some original ideas, is not one of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence and move more to the center. I am sick of the religious extreme right controlling the agenda.
Jack, I'm a young voter. If the GOP shifted towards Ron Paul's ideas and if Ron Paul got more coverage, there would be a lot more younger Republicans. They shot themselves in the foot for not treating Ron Paul like a viable candidate.
Steve from Idaho writes:
John McCain can have Hannah Montana as his running mate. Between McCain being too old to be president and Hannah Montana being too young to be president, it should balance out just perfectly. She's got a great following of young people. There may be a problem though, the average age of her followers is about 12 years old.
Ken from Birmingham, Alabama writes:
I'm not sure it matters. The youth get fired up, go to rallies, and think that their candidate is a rock star – then proceed not to get out of bed to vote. As a group, they are reliable non-voters. It doesn't matter.
Martha from St. Joseph, Michigan writes:
Whussup Jack? If John “M.C.” wants to pull the hip-hop crowd, he should adorn himself with bling and do a rap video where he's pimping hot, half-naked women in a bouncing lowrider while flashing platinum-capped teeth and large stacks of cash. No doubt, peace out!