College Republicans Correctly Identify GOP’s Problem As The Entirety Of Its Existence
Pierce, Pareene and others have fun with the new report by the College Republicans explaining why the kiddiez don’t like their party. It’s pretty forthright, especially about the GOP’s image as a party not of rich people, but of straight-up anti-not rich people:
“Policies that lower taxes and regulations on small businesses are quite popular. Yet our focus on taxation and business issues has left many young voters thinking they will only reap the benefits of Republican policies if they become wealthy or rise to the top of a big business,” the report says. “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.”
The person that’s addressed to, Mitt Romney, doesn’t live here anymore.
But as brutally honest as the report is, it still partakes of the theory articulated for only the millionth time yesterday by obvious anagram Reince Priebus, that the problem with Republicans is not what they say but how they say it. The College Republicans seconded this idea that the GOP has a branding problem, highlighting the “outrageous statements made by errant Republican voices.”
But later in the report:
As increasing numbers of young people — including Republicans — voice support for same-sex marriage, the CRNC tested the extent to which the issue is a deal-breaker for young voters. It found about a quarter of those surveyed said they couldn’t vote for someone who opposes gay marriage.
Which means three out of four can. 75% ain’t “errant.” A Republican candidate running in anything close to a swing district doesn’t roll the dice on 75% of his/her base, which means that candidate opposes gay marriage and says so—to say nothing of those running in districts gerrymandered to be solidly conservative. A comment isn’t “outrageously errant” if it reflects what the base wants to hear.
Concerning reproductive issues that have tripped up GOP candidates, “the Republican Party has been painted — both by Democrats and by unhelpful voices in our own ranks — in holding the most extreme anti-abortion positions,” the report said. Republicans need to avoid allowing the abortion debate to be “conflated” with debates over contraception, rape and Planned Parenthood, the report recommended, though the party needn’t alter its stance on the issue of abortion itself.
That dark, damp corner formed by the extremity of a position and the refusal to change it is where Todd Akins grow. Branding problem my ass.