The Courtship of Young Voters Can Be Tricky, N.H. Vote Shows

Many of Sen. Barack Obama's admirers have taken to calling him "Barack Star," and the rock-star comparisons invited by the nickname seemed especially apt after last Thursday's Iowa caucuses, in which young people flocked to the polls and helped lift the charismatic candidate to a sound victory.

Historically, however, relying on the support of youth has been a risky strategy for those eyeing the Oval Office. In presidential politics, as in rock-and-roll, the adoration of young