Having a young, energetic, and relatable candidate like Ryan revs up Romney's campaign, which has been uninspiring to younger conservative voters. But Ryan is an outlier for a generation of young conservatives, especially when it comes to his stance on LGBTQ social issues.
There has been an awful lot of conversation this election cycle about "the youth vote." All of these questions miss the real problem at hand: what if young people just don't show up? Even worse -- what if it's our fault?
The bigger question for the campaigns is not whether or not young voters will turn out but for whom they will turn out. And while young voters may be frustrated and disappointed, neither side should expect young people to stay home this November.
As a young Republican, it is important to me to point out that my generation is not inherently loyal to President Obama, Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi. To be blunt, it's time for the Grand Old Party to get a little bit grander and a lot less old.
The connection between having at least a high school education and getting out to the polls is something that civics and government teachers think about every day. How do you encourage students to see politics as relevant?
What are the three demographic groups whose electoral impact is growing fastest? Hispanics, women, and young people. Who are Republicans pissing off the most? Latinos, women, and young people. It's almost as if the GOP can't help itself.
Vote? Stay at home? Re-elect Obama? Stand with Ron Paul? Write in Lady Gaga? All of the above options -- except one -- should be on the table. We cannot sit at home on Election Day, because this could be the year of the youth vote as both sides need our support.