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Report: How GOP lost young voters
Politico ^ | June 3, 2013 | KATIE GLUECK

Posted on 06/03/2013 1:00:02 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

A new postmortem on the November elections from the nation’s leading voice for college Republicans offers a searing indictment of the GOP “brand” and the major challenges the party faces in wooing young voters, according to a copy given exclusively to POLITICO on Sunday.

The College Republican National Committee on Monday made public a detailed report — the result of extensive polling and focus groups — dissecting what went wrong for Republicans with young voters in the 2012 elections and how the party can improve its showing with that key demographic in the future.

It’s not a pretty picture. In fact, it’s a “dismal present situation,” the report says.

The 95-page study, which looked at the party’s views on social and economic issues, as well as its messaging and outreach, echoes a March report on the election debacle issued by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, which presented a devastating assessment of the party’s current state of affairs.

But in some ways the new report from inside the GOP tent is even more scathing and ominous — since it comes from the party’s next generation.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: collegerepublicans; republican; youth; youthvote
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1 posted on 06/03/2013 1:00:02 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Let me guess: the GOP didn’t celebrate sodomy or want to endorse infanticide.


2 posted on 06/03/2013 1:01:12 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Not enough free goodies too.


3 posted on 06/03/2013 1:02:52 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (What has the GOP done today to gain your support in 2014?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

You can’t have the young vote unless you take back the educational system, and get a voice in the media as well.

Then conservatives say that’s impossible or they can’t be bothered. If they don’t want to run education in America, what can they expect to accomplish?


4 posted on 06/03/2013 1:03:02 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“Smart” phones and basements in the homes of their parents.


5 posted on 06/03/2013 1:03:05 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

From the article:

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.”

So, in a word, yes. You’re right.


6 posted on 06/03/2013 1:03:40 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Politico.....what do you expect....


7 posted on 06/03/2013 1:03:50 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
The 95-page study, which looked at the party’s views on social and economic issues, as well as its messaging and outreach

A marketing campaign is a mostly vain attempt to counteract 12-16 years of programming by leftists in schools and a lifetime of programming by leftists in media.

'Social and economic' issues is the usual code (which the GOP maddeningly adopts as its own) for tearing down any institution or tradition that doesn't comport with militant gay and/or socialist thought. Again, this loops back to programming.

Evicting leftists from the controls of the dam has a much greater prospect of success than attempting to hold back a flood of ignorance, paranoia and PC nonsense.

8 posted on 06/03/2013 1:05:30 PM PDT by relictele (A place dedicated to economic, racial and social equality. It was called Jonestown.)
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To: Williams
If they don’t want to run education in America, what can they expect to accomplish?

I'm afraid that the people who wish for smaller government are a lot like Groucho Marx.

They don't want to join a party that would have them as a member.

9 posted on 06/03/2013 1:06:33 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
If your chief political point of reference is George W. Bush and you don't like him and you blame him for everything, you'll probably vote for Democrats.

Now we have a generation whose chief point of political reference is Barack H. Obama, when that generation starts blaming him for things, they'll at least be more open to the idea of voting for Republicans.

10 posted on 06/03/2013 1:06:56 PM PDT by x
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To: SoFloFreeper
Let me guess: the GOP didn’t celebrate sodomy or want to endorse infanticide.

Yes. We must become more like the Gaystapo and Feminazis so people will like us.

11 posted on 06/03/2013 1:07:01 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Ron Paul is able to reach the hearts and mind of the youth with a message of limited government and economic freedom.
12 posted on 06/03/2013 1:08:51 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I don’t know who said this, but it seems to have garnered an “AMEN” from lots of people:

“If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.”


13 posted on 06/03/2013 1:08:53 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

My tagline says it all. We let the left defne us in 2012. It worked. As one poster said, with young voters, we can’t expect a marketing campaign to counter 12 years of indoctrination. We have to be out there speaking to younger voters all the time. This means going on TV shows they watch, speaking on campuses and running ads throughout the year.

Paul Ryan wanted to go out on the tour of campuses and help convert some of these people. The campaign did not permit it.


14 posted on 06/03/2013 1:09:29 PM PDT by ilgipper (The lesson for the GOP is simple - don't let the opposition define you)
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To: ilgipper

The article should be titled. HOW FRAUD AND IGNORANCE CAUSED THE GOP TO LOSE THE ELECTION BUT WIN THE WAR.


15 posted on 06/03/2013 1:11:25 PM PDT by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: relictele

Thanks to the Left owning public education, the “young vote” won’t come back until they get out of school and encounter the real world. When they see the chunk of their paycheck that the Feds are taking, there is a fair chance they’ll come back.


16 posted on 06/03/2013 1:11:29 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it gettingthe so hot?)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

There is not an ounce of leadership in the republican party. Their whole attitude is apologetic.

They are lied about and so they think they’d better agree with the liars.

No one has the courage to say, “what the hell ‘helping hand’ is the government supposed to give you so you can be successful, when you need a job making money in the private sector”?

No courage to say gay marriage (which many young people think is the biggest issue facing society) is a ridiculous waste of time issue when we have life and death problems.

No courage to say “No, we care about you as AMERICANS not as “hispanic Americans” And yeah, illegal immigration is a bad thing.

There are solid majorities against things like illegal immigration IF republicans cared.


17 posted on 06/03/2013 1:21:37 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Little Ray

I doubt it. I just left a hi-tech job that was chocked full of 25-30 mush heads that made too much for their skill and experience level but sat around boasting of their altruistic qualities. I swear I have never seen more nappy, watch cap wearing, vitmain water drinking, doofuses in one place.

Within 3 months of being hired for that job I could not stand another minute of the younger generation. I got another job as fast as I could. This marks the first time that I left a job because I could not stand the majority of people I worked with instead of money or better career position.


18 posted on 06/03/2013 1:21:38 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: ilgipper

Murdoch and Akin didn’t help either. For young woman who rely on social media for their info. We stood for one thing....if you get raped we’ll make you have the baby.


19 posted on 06/03/2013 1:24:01 PM PDT by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Young people of both parties have spent their lives being indoctrinated in our government brainwashing centers, aka, the public school system. There’s no fixing that.


20 posted on 06/03/2013 1:24:29 PM PDT by LouAvul (In a state of disbelief as to how liberals destroyed America in a mere 40 years.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Our message is longer than a 10 second sound bite. Too much for the low information voters.


21 posted on 06/03/2013 1:26:31 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: Williams

Very well said.

Sadly, there is no leadership in the GOP. As a prime example, look at Issa p****ng away the IRS issue.

Absent real conservative leader(s), the GOP is dead as a doornail. It’s only a matter of time.


22 posted on 06/03/2013 1:27:15 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Resolute Conservative

Oh, well. So much for that hope...


23 posted on 06/03/2013 1:28:21 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it gettingthe so hot?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Socialist Workers' Party indoctrination via the "Public" schools has brain-washed and alienated from America's Constitutional-based morality, the bulk of Yewts in Amerika today.

These dependent, "entitled", government-sucking parasites have been TRAINED to be Progressive-thinking, irresponsible, live-off-of-others and "I want it now" voters, and Conservatives are "old fogies" to them.

24 posted on 06/03/2013 1:32:05 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

So the commies are telling the right what is wrong with us... and we are supposed to believe polutico? We all know nancy “nazi” peloser and harry “the mobster” reid have the right’s best interest at heart.

LLS


25 posted on 06/03/2013 1:33:33 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Here is another adjective that they can use... WELL ARMED!

LLS


26 posted on 06/03/2013 1:34:30 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

What this tells me is that the ‘next generation’ of Republicans are Republicans, not conservatives. To a point, this is to be expected from a group of people who have little real-world experience.

Once the leftist-dominated world slaps them around a bit, some of them may see reason. That’s the time to give them some Tea.

As for ‘well-armed’ ... all I can say is ‘Amen’.


27 posted on 06/03/2013 1:40:33 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Big reason for the image problem: The “outrageous statements made by errant Republican voices.”

There's just as many asinine statements by the left, but the media doesn't pounce on them 24/7 like they do to Republicans.

28 posted on 06/03/2013 1:43:13 PM PDT by MissTed ( Private Tagline - Do Not Read!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

They should just shut up and go be DemocRats.


29 posted on 06/03/2013 1:44:50 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Sybeck1

You’re ALL winners!

According to the article young people want free education, health care, birth control, open borders, and an end to nasty judgmentalism on all social issues.

In short, to win their votes, they are recommending the party become the Democrats.


30 posted on 06/03/2013 1:45:58 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sybeck1

Communism appeals to the young in many ways, including the “free stuff without working for it” angle.

But more insidious is the play to the arrogance of youth.
“All the smart people believe this. You’re smart, so you should believe this, too!”


31 posted on 06/03/2013 1:47:22 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: riri
Ron Paul is able to reach the hearts and mind of the youth with a message of . . .

Okay, you and I say "limited government" etc. And what they hear is "no-fault sodomy, hetero-nookie, abortion, and legal drugs." Most of the young Paulites I've met are radical individualists, unlike Tea Party types—who are morality-based, community-building volunteers, and mostly older.

I think we can convert many of the kids eventually, especially as they grow up, but as a group, they are foremost very ticked-off, socially awkward kids.

32 posted on 06/03/2013 1:50:01 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Simple: Dems made them believe they would not have to pay back student loans.
33 posted on 06/03/2013 1:50:38 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Romney lost the election. Between being Mr. MassCare and convincing between 4 and 9 million Republicans to stay home, of course we lost. I have to say we have no chance in 2016 unless something truly dramatic in our favor occurs, although both houses of Congress are winnable. Finally, unless the Repubs get some courage to fight Dem cheating, stealing, and violence, it’s all over. A permanent Progressive government and an education union goon Stasi with unlimited billions of tax dollars will be very tough to uproot. What do we have this week? Issa being called a criminal and instead of fighting back, being a “gentleman.” Gentlemen don’t finish last. Gentlemen get exterminated.


34 posted on 06/03/2013 1:52:40 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Two words. John McCain.


35 posted on 06/03/2013 1:53:09 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

At least you can’t say the GOP didn’t try. “Obama was born in Africa, tax cuts are creating jobs in China, war everywhere in on the table, Obama is a socialist, he married Gimi the Moocher, he looks like the devil”. And they nominated McCain followed by Romney. The GOP gave it their best shot.


36 posted on 06/03/2013 1:54:54 PM PDT by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: Blackirish

If Barack Obama got reelected because of Murdoch or Akin, then America is too stupid to survive.

I am tired of hearing about these two. I bet less than .5 percent had their vote swayed by those two people. The people outraged would have been easily outraged about something else.

It did cause us to lose two Senate seats, however. Akin should have gotten out the second he screwed up. Murdoch making that mistake was idiotic, especially after Akin, but it was far too late in the process to get out. His statement was magnified much worse because of Akin, and a more skilled candidate would have been able to recover in a heavy GOP state.


37 posted on 06/03/2013 2:03:16 PM PDT by ilgipper (The lesson for the GOP is simple - don't let the opposition define you)
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To: SamuraiScot
That's our challenge.

But kids from, mostly, agnostic houses who are learning morality from popular media and universities are not going to be open to socon messages. They just are not--so what do we do -- leave them as low fruit to the radical left?

I say, we grab them where we can and as you said, as they age and have life experience, they come to our side-hopefully. At least though, they get the message of limited government and liberty somewhere because if we just leave them to the leftist controlled media, schools, universities, entertainment, popular culture and, now even chruches--they will never get it.

38 posted on 06/03/2013 2:08:50 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

It’s pretty easy to understand.
Today’s 20 somethings are second and third generation products of the Great Society.

They’ve been educated by progressives, informed by progressive MSM, and partake in progressive dominated social media.

Each year 2.5 million (mostly old/white/ majority R voting) people die and are replaced by (young/increasingly minority/heavily D voting) people.

We are definitely swimming upstream.


39 posted on 06/03/2013 2:09:48 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Easy. Bulk mailing hasn’t worked for 10 years.


40 posted on 06/03/2013 2:13:12 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

You can’t lose what you never had.


41 posted on 06/03/2013 2:19:09 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: ilgipper

Let’s not forget Dick Lugar and his Rino buddies essentially stabbing Mourdock in the back from the minute the primary was over. Lugar did not lift a finger to assist and I would bet worked actively behind the scenes to get Donnelly elected.

Sucks having to watch your back as well as fight the enemy. Payback for RINOS in Indiana will be a &^(*Y(.


42 posted on 06/03/2013 2:25:49 PM PDT by slapshot ("Were not gonna take it anymore" Twisted Sister)
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To: slapshot
Mourdock ran 10 points behind Romney

That's the definition of fail.

43 posted on 06/03/2013 2:30:21 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: illiac
Politico...what do you expect...

You're 100% correct in that assessment since the source is known for its anti-American lies. Commie libs form the staff of that vile outfit and anything they publish is nothing but trash.

I'm over the age of 70 but I do know a number of young people and they're all solid Christian Conservatives and every one of the them opposes the homosexual agenda. The only reason they reject the GOP is because of its tilting to the left. Thankfully people like Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and Louie Gohmert represent the future of the Republican party. All three of them are greatly admired by the young people I know.

And just look at the admiration for Sarah and Todd Palin at Republic High School:

I honestly think that young people want America restored to the greatness it had prior to the liberalism that took hold in the 1960s.

I'll also add that the neighbor across the street is a tee-hugging, atheist leftist from Nashua, NH. He's been here in God's Country (as a result of a transfer in his high-tech job) since the mid-90s and still embraces the New England liberal values of his raising. But a gradual change is happening even in this guy. Why? His high school age daughter is a cheerleader in the good tradition of young Texans. She speaks with an appealing Southern accent in contrast to her dad's clipped nasal Yankee tone. And, best of all, she's Conservative and goes to church! I really think she's making some headway since her dad recently put up a flagpole on the porch with both Old Glory and the Texas flag. When he finally removes that silly COEXIST bumper sticker from his little clown car, I know that a conversion is nigh.

44 posted on 06/03/2013 2:41:09 PM PDT by re_nortex
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To: SoFloFreeper
Correct. Just embrace the devil. Didn't we already try that with milquetoast candidates like McCain and Romney. When will the establishment learn when faced between the choice of faux conservatives and real liberals, voters will pick the real liberal every time.
45 posted on 06/03/2013 2:44:00 PM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: MissTed

The Republican party has been rubber stamping Wall Street and the armaments welfare state since Garfield caught a bullet. The GOP consists of two elements, neither of which created the party to begin with- the Tea Party as ghosts of the John Birch Society who preached ineffectively against the “Liberal Eastern Establishment” or the American nobility, an aristocracy symbolic of everything our Revolution of 1776 detested, and the “Liberal Eastern Establishment” itself which are the heirs of the Nazi intelligentsia, a mafia hell bent on dumbing down America enough to turn it into a new war lord feudal fiefdom of international financier oligarchs.

The oligarchs have the liberal press doing its dirty work and keeping the Tea Party and Sarah Palin from gaining any traction, nattering endlessly about “over population” so we can rationalize the “culling” of the 3rd World whose emergent industrialization is a threat to their loan sharking hegemony, while they are secretly in alliance with environmentalist ignoramuses. You probably think that Al Gore is a Democrat. (snicker)

Romney was correctly fingered by the youth demographic as a shill for business as usual for the Wall Street wrecking crew and looked the part, hence his perception problem. Comrade Obama didn’t look or talk like a Wall St. shill, got himself elected presumably for his anti-Wall St. rhetoric and will do more to fulfil the Wall St. oligarchs’ agenda and destroy the constitution than Romney on a perpetual bad hair day.

Freepers have simply got to wake up to the fact that MONOPOLISM is not capitalism, it is military-industrial complex FASCISM. We need a new set of I.D. cues for the enemies of this Republic. Start with a revival of the old JBS literature and compare that material with Alex Jones’ and Jessie Ventura. And before you yelp about whacko conspiracy theories, read the ding dong books, all of which are available on Amazon, before you ding dong knee jerk just the way the Rockefellers, the Carnegies, the Harrimans, the Schiffs, the Loebs, the Warburgs, the Rosthchilds and the rest of the Bilderberg, CFR, 40’s Committee, World Bank and the IMF circus want you to.


46 posted on 06/03/2013 2:51:22 PM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui
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To: ilgipper
It did cause us to lose two Senate seats, however.

Didn't the rinos lose 10 or 11 Senate races?

I know that Palin gave us our only Senate seat pick-up and that Romney could not deliver the Senate, although before his nomination it was seen as in the bag.

47 posted on 06/03/2013 2:54:06 PM PDT by ansel12 (Social liberalism/libertarianism, empowers, creates and imports, and breeds, economic liberals.)
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To: Yollopoliuhqui

Sheesh, what an idiot. Put your tin foil hat back on and crawl back into your hole.


48 posted on 06/03/2013 2:57:10 PM PDT by ansel12 (Social liberalism/libertarianism, empowers, creates and imports, and breeds, economic liberals.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

We can appeal to young in a number of ways. Whether or not we choose to do so is another story:

1. Smarter use of new media and social networking. We need more Breitbart and less snail mail

2. Greater emphasis on economic and personal freedoms, less emphasis on social conservatism. The social conservatism should not be abandoned, but it should be properly articulated and targeted at regions of the country where the people are more receptive to it. Young people in Utah are more socially conservative than say young people in New Hampshire. In general, we would need more Von Mises Institute and less PTL Club.

3. Stress the things we have in common with the young:
a. Economic uncertainty/need for job growth/economic growth
b. Personal freedom/constitutional rights
c. Concern about high taxes
c. Need to improve/reform educational system
d. Gun rights

As a social conservative, I don’t think we should abandon our long-standing support of social issues. I do, however, think we can emphasize those things we have in common with most of other Americans, including the youth. Right now, my primary concerns are economic decline, national security, and government excess. The moral decline in this country is probably the worst threat to the long-term health of this country, but that is a chronic disease and cannot be reversed anytime soon. Economics, national security, and, to a lesser extent, government scope can be positively reformed much sooner. These areas are like arterial bleeding and must be fixed now or the patient dies.
A lot of our daily politics will be shaped by the regions of country. In the South, social conservatism can be more pronounced. In more liberal areas of the country, the emphasis should be on Economic and personal freedom. I think of this as smart 10th Amendment politics.


49 posted on 06/03/2013 3:00:19 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Pretty sure young white males favored Romney. It’s the single white females that are the problem.


50 posted on 06/03/2013 3:08:21 PM PDT by HawkHogan
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