Here’s a graph from the latest Pew polling of the Millennials. It seems that they’re liberals who identify mainly as independents and don’t think a whole hell of a lot of the Democratic party. Yet, when they vote, they vote overwhelmingly for Democrats. The trick, as with any Democrat (including those who call themselves “Independent”), is getting them to the polls.
Perhaps when Obamacare really takes hold, and if we can connect voting for Democrats with keeping affordable insurance, we might get a few more to the polls, but other than that I can see why this group looks at Democrats and says “meh”. The economy sucks (especially for them), nothing is happening in DC despite the election of Obama (not his fault but that’s still a fact), and Democrats don’t have a message that explains how they can get us from where we are today to an environment that’s better for twenty-somethings.
In other words, one side losing a generation is not the same thing as another side winning it.