Once a distinct minority on college campuses, young Republicans are growing in numbers across America and gaining cultural cachet according to the article “Conservative cool” in the Oct. 25 Portland, Ore., Oregonian. The paper cited a poll released by the Harvard Institute of Politics which said 29 percent of students identified themselves as Republicans versus 34 percent as Democrats.
“Quite frankly, I don't care what they believe,” says Craig Rimmerman, author of “The New Citizenship: Unconventional Politics, Activism, and Service” who teaches at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York state. “I want them to be able to transcend their ideology (so they can) bring a good, tough analytical framework to the table. The point of a college education is to get them to integrate and evaluate (their) views from a critical perspective. It's not easy for them to do that, but that's the point of an education.”