Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Kids Are Not All Right

A new report from the College Republicans says that the GOP has totally trashed their chances with younger voters.

Titled the “Grand Old Party for a Brand New Generation,” the report is sharply critical of the GOP on several fronts. The study slams some Republicans’ almost singular focus on downsizing Big Government and cutting taxes; candidates’ use of offensive, polarizing rhetoric; and the party’s belly-flop efforts at messaging and outreach, even as the report presents a way forward and, at times, strikes an optimistic tone.

In the report, the young Republican activists acknowledge their party has suffered significant damage in recent years. A sampling of the critique on:

Gay marriage: “On the ‘open-minded’ issue … [w]e will face serious difficulty so long as the issue of gay marriage remains on the table.”

Hispanics: “Latino voters … tend to think the GOP couldn’t care less about them.”

Perception of the party’s economic stance: “We’ve become the party that will pat you on your back when you make it, but won’t offer you a hand to help you get there.”

Big reason for the image problem: The “outrageous statements made by errant Republican voices.”

Words that up-for-grabs voters associate with the GOP: “The responses were brutal: closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned.”

“[The] Republican Party has won the youth vote before and can absolutely win it again,” the report says, pointing to presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush who were competitive with that demographic. “But this will not occur without significant work to repair the damage done to the Republican brand among this age group over the last decade.”

Shorter version: “You know how you’ve always been?  Stop being like that.  Then everything will be really groovy.”

11 barks and woofs on “The Kids Are Not All Right

    • Worse. They have the political tendencies of the Fascists and the social tendencies of the Roundheads.

  1. Some years back, as a member of a neighborhood Democratic club, I served as a voter registrar in my apartment complex. The Hispanic-American gardeners who kept our apartments livable (translation: when they quit, I moved) knocked on my door one day: “We want to register to vote. But we want to vote for Democrats. Show us how to vote for Democrats.”

    There was a lot of talk back then (perhaps 1988 or so) about the GOP broadening its outreach to include Hispanics and Blacks. I shook my head and said, “it’ll never happen.”

    And I was right. It’s taken far too long for those GOP chickens to come home to roost, but I think I see them now…

    Now if we can only convince Democrats in office actually to provide services that benefit ethnic minorities, poor people, unemployed people, etc. instead of just acting like “Republican lite”! Otherwise, everything we’ve worked for years to achieve could drift away in one or two elections.

  2. The GOP turnoff may be true of Millenials, Blacks and Hispanics, but the Democratic Party still has a problem with the minimum wage white guys. It may be that the guys working the road crews and manicurists making too little an hour and tips share the same bigotry and suspicion of government, any government, but just because they have barely made it through high school doesn’t mean we can take them for granted. They still think Obama is a Muslim and Right To Work laws are for them. We have work to do, too.

    • Unfortunately, I do not know how the Democrats will reach them. They have been taught to be deeply skeptical of ANY message from what they believe is the enemy camp. They’re easily duped by Fox News, Karl Rove/Frank Luntz, Limbaugh (et al),and their local preacher and actually distrust their own judgment. The more reasonable the Democrats’ proposals, the more they believe the “devil is trying to trick them”. And they dig in even deeper.

      This I know, unfortunately, from personal experience. I live among these folks in southwestern Virginia.

      • Every state’s population differs. Around here at the edge of big fields of soybeans and corn (succotash country) the divide is caused by fundamental ignorance. Nobody reads at all. I’m not even sure they are fixated by Limbaugh, but perhaps he and his like are the problem. I suspect the TV watching is Dancing With the Stars instead of anything having to do with news or opinion. But what do I know? And that makes me part of the problem.

        • An inordinate number of people, places, and businesses have Fox News on in the background, thinking what they are watching is news. The indoctrination is pure heroin. You hear them quoted word for word out of the mouths of the idiot class.

          • My daughter lived in Athens County. It is a spot of blue in a sea of very poor red counties, like Miegs and Vinton. She told me one day that she was amazed that the Republicans managed to dupe these poor white rural people into voting for them time and again. They have never done anything to alieve their poverty or suffering. They vote against their own best interests with frightening regularity. It is a hard slog to get their votes. Kinda sad, really.

  3. “To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” – Thomas Paine

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