Washington, D.C. - Democrats credited President George W. Bush for their victory in 2008. Now everyone, who has bothered to look at any of President Obama's decisions or policies, admits that Obama is now looking to return the favor in 2012.
In the 2008 presidential election, when Senator Barack Obama defeated his Republican opponent, Senator John McCain, voters younger than age 30 were his strongest voting partner in the electorate. Obama that year was the beneficiary of President George W. Bush's eight years, during which Bush appealed to absolutely nobody - in any age group, not even in his own Republican Party.
In the 3 most recent elections, according to Dr. Stan Marsh, young voters have trended more Democratic "than they had in the comparable previous elections." That is, voters ages 18 to 30 voted more Democratic in 2008 than they had in 2006, more Democratic in 2006 than in 2004, more Democratic in 2004 than in 2002.
If Bush succeeded, and he did, in making young voters the most reliably Democratic age group at the polls, then President Obama will continue the trend and drive young voters in record numbers into the Republican Party, where Governor Sarah Palin will welcome and register them to vote in 2012.