September 17, 2004


GOP on rise on college campuses ( GOP on rise on college campuses (Andrea Jones, September 17, 2004, Cox News Service)

They idolize Ronald Reagan — never mind the fact that most were not yet born when the Gipper first hit the campaign trail.

They fill their Web sites with photos of bald eagles and flapping American flags, challenge their liberal-minded professors in class and are rushing to join college church groups like never before. [...]

The new conservatives are too young to be the children of baby boomers who burned their bras or marched on Washington in the '60s and '70s. This generation, instead, grew up with moms and dads of the business-minded '80s.

"These are the children of the Reagan revolution," Alexander said. "They've been influenced by that instead."

Now if they'd just pull their pants up and their shirts down.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 17, 2004 5:48 PM


Touche. One of my few requirements is that my son not wear baggy pants. Mainly because that style of dress is derived from jailhouse togs. The article is spot on, however, about the demographics. If parents didn't abort, children born of the late-'60's and early '70s generation are now pushing thirty (or beyond). College-age kids today are straddling that generational divide. My kids (mid-teens) mock 'hippies.' They think of them as 'old' people with thinning pony-tails. Once you're mocked, you're dead in terms of persuading youth.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at September 17, 2004 8:08 PM

And not look like they fell face first into a tackle box.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 17, 2004 9:15 PM

> Now if they'd just pull their pants up and their shirts down.

Rome wasn't rebuilt in a day.

Posted by: Guy T. at September 17, 2004 10:30 PM

Given the fashion-disaster zone that was the 70's, I'd say my generation deserves a little credit.

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at September 18, 2004 1:41 PM