But not to worry - the Obama campaign figures that there will be more from where they came.
Mr. Obama’s advisers, while acknowledging the shift, said they were confident that the loss of these workers would be negated by an influx of new students who have turned of voting age since 2008. Mr. Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, said there had been eight million voters ages 18 to 21 registered since the last election, most of whom were Democrats.Perhaps. Of course, this is one of those media stories built all around anecdotal evidence with few numbers except to note that the Young Democrats club at UNLV used to be much bigger than the Young Republicans and now they're about even. Well, I can compete with anecdotes. I teach high school kids. Last time, many of them were thrilled about Obama's candidacy. They were totally into Hope and Change and the excitement of the moment. Now, not so much. They're more meh about his whole presidency. That doesn't mean that they're enthusiastic about any of the Republicans; except for a few kids who are really interested, students today are back to their usual indifference to public affairs. That's not what the Obama campaign is hoping for.
“Their brothers and sisters started it, and they are going to finish it,” Mr. Messina said Monday. “They are storming into our office. Our volunteer numbers are up from where we thought they would be.”