Despite Latest Efforts, Clinton Still Fails to Inspire Young Voters

It was telling that Hillary Clinton’s first sustained applause line in her speech targeted at millennial voters came when she mentioned the true object of their affection. “I worked with Bernie Sanders on a plan—“ Clinton began before her voice was overwhelmed with cheers from the small crowd of students gathered at Temple University. It…
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Clinton’s Plan to Win Over Youth Voters Shows Everything That’s Wrong With Her Candidacy

Democrats have long puzzled over Clinton’s inability to woo young adults. It happened in 2008, when Clinton lost the youth vote by a 25 point margin to Barack Obama, and it happened again in 2016, when Sanders beat Clinton by a 71-to-28 percent spread. Those aren’t just glancing blows, their crushing defeats among an incredibly…
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Youth Voters Want Authenticity, Clinton Can’t Give it to Them

This is not how Hillary Clinton expected to spend her summer. Just a few short months ago Clinton was sitting easily atop the polls, building an enviable campaign infrastructure, and attending Wall Street fundraising dinners where the money flowed like wine. Most importantly, her comfortable lead allowed her to sit back and throw verbal knives…
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Youth Voters Value Authenticity, Clinton Can’t Give it to Them

This is not how Hillary Clinton expected to spend her summer. Just a few short months ago Clinton was sitting easily atop the polls, building an enviable campaign infrastructure, and attending Wall Street fundraising dinners where the money flowed like wine. Most importantly, her comfortable lead allowed her to sit back and throw verbal knives…
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Why Aren’t Young Adults Voting? Simple. Obama Left Us Jaded

President Obama was supposed to be the president who finally broke through young adults’ cynicism and political apathy. His positive message about eschewing “politics as usual” in favor of an inclusive government that tears down political barriers and seeks consensus on how to move forward, was a breath of fresh air that youth voters hadn’t…
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Lagging Youth Enrollment Continues to Drive Up Obamacare Costs

Congratulations, Obamacare! You’ve done it. You’ve successfully hit one of your most important targets: 2.8 million young-adult enrollees. Sure, that target was for last year, and your failure to come anywhere close was one of the primary reasons that insurers dramatically increased health insurance premiums. And sure, by now you were supposed to have around…
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Democrats Are in No Position to Dispell Young Adults’ Distrust of Washington

In the not so distant past it was taken as gospel that young adults would form a solidly Democratic voting bloc for the foreseeable future. We’ve always disputed that view, pointing to both history (both Reagan and H.W. Bush won majorities of 18- to 29-year-old voters) and current policy (where Democrats have completely abandoned issues…
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New Census Report Shows Young Adults Continue to Struggle Economically

Today’s young adults came of age during one of the most difficult economic periods in recent history. The Great Recession hit our generation hard, driving unemployment rates up to historic levels and pushing wages down to unsustainable amounts. Last week’s jobs report provided a glimmer of hope that these trends could begin to rebound, but…
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A Great Jobs Report Comes With Serious Caveats for Young Adults

For the first time in years we can declare the latest jobs report a near-unmitigated success. Employers added 321,000 jobs, a figure that far exceeded the consensus forecast of economists, who expected 228,000. Hourly wages rose 0.4 percent, the largest gain in 17 months. The average length of the workweek ticked up to 34.6 hours.…
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The Inevitable Crash and Burn of Democrats’ Identity Politics

This blog has long warned of the inevitable failure of the Democrats’ “identity politics” strategy. When viewed in the macro the strategy makes sense – in lieu of a broad-based coalition White House number crunchers figure out how to cobble together a group of unrelated constituencies and then setting out to give speeches or pass…
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