UPDATE: Right on cue, Crossroads Generation — an affiliate of American Crossroads focused on the 18-29 set — is out with an ad hitting the fading Obama poster:


After a first night of lower key speeches by Ann Romney and Chris Christie, Paul Ryan turned the tempo up in Tampa last night, electrifying the base and coming across as anything but the guy portrayed in a liberal group's commercial as pushing granny off the cliff.  

But it wasn't his outreach to the elderly that attracted the most attention, but his message to younger voters.  

The line everyone is talking about this morning is likely to reverberate across Colorado campuses, as it nails the sense of disappointment and failure young voters have about Obama 2012.  

“College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life,” said Ryan.

While the youth vote was dominated by Obama in 2008, the newest generation of college kids and recent grads are not trending his way.  

Eighteen year olds today watched their older brothers and sisters get dragged into the Obama cult in 2008, only to have to move back home after graduation, unable to find work. Suddenly, Obama ain't so cool.  

We're seeing that in Colorado in a big way. Flashback to an article by The Denver Post's Kurtis Lee last month: 

According to the Secretary of State's office, since January 2011 among 18- to 25-year-olds who have registered to vote for the first time, 893 have registered as Democrats, 1,038 as Republicans and 1,322 as unaffiliated.

Obama wants to believe that young voters won't desert him, but as Ryan laid out last night, and voter registration numbers back this up, there just doesn't appear to be any good reason to stick around.