MIAMI -- Two years ago, the University of Miami could not get enough Barack Obama. The campaign rally he held here felt like a rock concert, his face appeared on T-shirts all over campus, and pro-Obama volunteers registered 2,000 new voters.
Meetings of the College Democrats that attracted 200 people in 2008 now pull in a dozen. New voter registration is way down, too, and free posters of President Obama -- once "the Michael Jordan" of politics, as one freshman put it -- are now refused by students. "It's not the fad anymore," said Jessica Kirsner, 21, a junior from Houston and vice president of the College Democrats. "It's not the fad to be politically knowledgeable and active."