Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the GOP and their archaic attitudes about sexuality, race, and anything that doesn’t involve White heterosexual men only into missionary sex and controlling birth canals have alienated them from younger voters. Everyone and their MSNBC-watching nephew knows this, but the Republican Party recently conducted an internal review that gave them additional information on why a generation of voters are looking at them like the crazy, racist uncle who doesn’t end up in heaven with the other dogs. The College National Republican Committee, based on in-depth research by the Winston Group on voters between ages 18 to 29 nationwide, released a 95-page report that warns of “a dismal present situation” for the GOP when it comes to millennial voters.
Some of the findings included (courtesy of Politico):
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 study also finds that younger voters size up the GOP’s economic policies and find “they will only reap the benefits of Republican policies if they become wealthy or rise to the top of a big business.”
Take a moment to restrain yourself from the shock of that sentence.
Despite the findings, the party stresses, “[The] Republican Party has won the youth vote before and can absolutely win it again, 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.”
You don’t say.
I could’ve told them all of that in exchange for a few student loan payments. The fact that you have to tell a major political party in 2013, “Stop being sexist, homophobic, racist pricks or face political extinction” speaks volumes — as does the continued exclusion of a certain group in their research.
That’s why I have one specific bone to pick with this report:
The report is based largely on two national surveys of 800 registered voters each, ages 18-29, and six focus groups of young people, including Hispanics, Asian-Americans, single women, economically struggling men, and aspiring entrepreneurs in Ohio, Florida, and California who had voted for President Barack Obama — he cleaned up with 60 percent of the youth vote — but were considered “winnable” for the GOP.
So you’re trying to rebuild your party’s brand among a new generation, yet you’re continuing to ignore Black people?
And they can’t say there aren’t any young Black Republicans around. There are plenty of Carlton Banks’ around. Plenty.
Not only would the inclusion of Blacks be good for the GOP, it’d be just as good for us. We deserve to be courted by two parties the same way everyone else does. Like we deserved to be lied to by both Democrats and Republicans just as much as single women and Latinos are. Why do we keep having to state the obvious to the GOP?
If Republicans truly want to look like something other than the party for the “closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned,” act like it.
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