Thank you Barack Obama! 2 years ago it looked like Republicans would never win another major election ever again and in 2 short years, you've turned the party around and guaranteed a future for the GOP! Republicans Rising on College Campuses - ABC News Two years ago Edward Dooley called himself a "Kennedy-worshiping, stereotypical Massachusetts liberal." Today Dooley, a sophomore at George Washington University, in Washington D.C., is active in the College Republicans and prefers the label "conservative independent." According to a Pew Research Center study, Dooley is not alone.