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Can the GOP Win Over Millennials in 2014?
RCP ^ | 10-18-2013 | Adam O'Neal

Posted on 10/18/2013 12:25:16 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot

The RNC’s “Growth and Opportunity Project,” released in March, .... 14 recommendations intended to attract young voters, including forming a “celebrity task force,” empowering younger voices in digital issues, having Republicans appear more frequently on previously ignored media outlets, and making the party more welcoming.

The (College Republican National Committee)'s report, released in June, focused exclusively on young voters and was scathing in its assessment of how negatively young voters saw the Republican Party. Most salient among its findings were the feedback from focus groups composed of potential Republican voters. In addition to noting that they didn’t expect the GOP to reach out to them, participants described the party as “closed-minded, racist, rigid” and “old-fashioned.”

.... “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 report concluded.

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A Rebranding Problem, or a Policy Problem?

While Republicans have taken steps to expand their outreach to young voters in the months since then, they have yet to make tangible progress, a number of observers say.

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


TOPICS: Parties
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; millennials; orca; youthvote
(more excerpt) A Mixed Outlook

"The GOP could very well see another poor showing with young voters in the midterms. A Pew Research poll released earlier in the week showed that among voters age 18-29, Democrats maintained a 21-point advantage over Republicans on a generic congressional ballot."

1 posted on 10/18/2013 12:25:16 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot
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To: Sir Napsalot

No not the way they lost the CR battle.


2 posted on 10/18/2013 12:26:18 PM PDT by jimpick
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To: Sir Napsalot

Won’t 90% of Millenials be paying an extra $90 to the government by 2014? They’ll still vote for rats.


3 posted on 10/18/2013 12:30:40 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Sir Napsalot

Sure, run on a platform of quality Facebook and Twitter time for everyone.


4 posted on 10/18/2013 12:32:37 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I really want to know how well ‘Life of Julia’ is being received by the Millennials.


5 posted on 10/18/2013 12:32:53 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot
Nobody respects a coward.

It many cases where people aren't as informed its not even the issues that matter, but rather the confident social dominance the left displays is what wins voters over.

6 posted on 10/18/2013 12:32:59 PM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: Viennacon

And they will have trouble finding full time jobs and receiving sticker shock from increased health care costs.

They are going to be disillusioned next year with the status quo. It is time for grass roots conservatism to win them.


7 posted on 10/18/2013 12:34:12 PM PDT by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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To: Viennacon
Won’t 90% of Millenials be paying an extra $90 to the government by 2014? They’ll still vote for rats.

Yes, they will. They'll just demand bigger subsidies and blame the Republicans.

8 posted on 10/18/2013 12:34:17 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Viennacon

You forgot to add, “because Jon Stewart told them the $90 is the Republican’s fault.” I’m so mad I could spit.


9 posted on 10/18/2013 12:35:22 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Sir Napsalot

The Millennials are a massive cohort. Baby boomers are dying off and Gen X is half the size of the Millennials. The GOP better figure out how to appeal to them or they will be swamped for years.


10 posted on 10/18/2013 12:35:57 PM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: Sir Napsalot; All

According to the article, the mid-term spread (21-point advantage Dems) is the more favorable for GOP.

In 2016, Dems run Hillary (let’s say) it will probably OWN the youth votes, just like the phenom Obama. Or the next crop of youth votes.


11 posted on 10/18/2013 12:36:34 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot
YES WE CAN !!!

participants described the party as “closed-minded, racist, rigid” and “old-fashioned.”

What's new ?

Just a few issues can define the differences.

We need to stay within those issues.

1. NSA, spying on Americans. 2. ObamaCare. 3. Individualism.

12 posted on 10/18/2013 12:37:53 PM PDT by Zeneta
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To: Sir Napsalot
We should stop trying to have a conversation with, or analyzing ...

something dead.

It's dead, Jim.

13 posted on 10/18/2013 12:41:46 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof .... but they're true)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I think someone like Ted Cruz can easily appeal to the college set. It will take some dedication to winning them over. More than just one campus visit. He’s prett relentless. I think he can do it.


14 posted on 10/18/2013 12:43:17 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: Sir Napsalot

Reading this excerpt capturing the younger voters means moving left. Romney wasn’t moderate enough for them.


15 posted on 10/18/2013 12:46:36 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: Sir Napsalot

Never mind the fact that Congressman Byrd, who was a card carrying KKK member, was a Democrat. I remember being young and assuming there was only one side to every story.


16 posted on 10/18/2013 12:47:31 PM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Sit each one of them down to register for Obamacare before they vote


17 posted on 10/18/2013 12:48:13 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: TMA62
I agree. I fear for my own children. Even with retirements I think there will be less jobs out there than we all assume. And those with jobs will be paying taxes through their nose to cover SS, ect.
18 posted on 10/18/2013 12:49:37 PM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: knarf

Lol


19 posted on 10/18/2013 12:50:53 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot
Not with the way most Republican candidates look, dress, and talk - like "Stepford Parents" from the Fifties.

The Democrats have successfully (and absurdly) convinced young people they are the more libertarian-minded party. They have gotten away with it because so many Republicans look and talk like Disciplinarian Dad, straight from central casting.

The challenge for Republicans will be to publicly draw the link between Democrat "free stuff for all/be kind to the poor/minorities are victims" policies and the inevitable fascist outcomes of those policies. They have to show that free ObamaCare for cancer victim Ben is paid for at the point of a government gun shoved in barista Suzy's face. They have to demonstrate to the feel-good kids how supporting "Justice for Trayvon" means their little cousin Jane will soon be headed to the hospital with facial fractures because Trayvon's peers, emboldened by the rhetoric of the race-baiters, now enjoy the occasional evening round of "Knockout King". They have to explain how immoral it is to expand government programs using money our unborn great-grandchildren haven't earned yet.

In short, to appeal to a younger generation that naturally sees themselves as outsiders, Republicans are going to have to say things that piss off insiders. It's still a tall order due to the peerless work on behalf of International Socialism done by our public education establishment over the last 40 years, but it isn't going to get any easier five years from now.

20 posted on 10/18/2013 12:52:45 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Sir Napsalot
With Obamacare, it's easy. Right now (at least until the end of the year), they can choose to pay nothing for health insurance. If they have to go to the doctor or get a prescription, they pay cash.

Beginning in January, they have to pay for health insurance whether they want to or not, and the basic policy will only reimburse their expenses if they have a heart bypass or cancer, after, of course, they pony up an extra $5,000. Even the most rabid Obumba supporter will have to come up with $5,000 for their "free" sex change operation.

The Millennials are the most ignorant self centered and selfish generation in the history of America. Illustrate the ways that government cheats and steals from them, and they may listen.

For those of you who are Millennials and do not fall in the ignorant self centered and selfish category, you know you are the vast minority, so don't get so up in arms about my statement - do something to knock some sense into your friends.

21 posted on 10/18/2013 12:53:09 PM PDT by Conservative_Rob
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To: RginTN
The full article linked has lots of tidbits, well worth spending the time to read the whole thing. To: All

The reason I excerpt the paragraph "“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 report concluded." and my question about 'Life of Julia' is

Do these Millennials see FREE contraception and/or free abortions and what else as Dems offer them a hand to help them get 'there'

22 posted on 10/18/2013 12:57:16 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Wyatt's Torch

The Millennials are fundamentally narcissists.

Self absorbed.

Ideologically motivated ?

Yes.

Until “they” are affected.

Obamacare will affect them.

Remember, they bought into the idea that the rich were supposed to pay for this.

In order for them to embrace the democrat party, they will need to embrace their role going forward.

That role includes paying for something they don’t need or want, for the benefit of someone else.

That role includes giving up any and all expectations of privacy.

You tell me ?

Does a narcissists do this ?


23 posted on 10/18/2013 1:00:16 PM PDT by Zeneta
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To: Sir Napsalot
Even if we get the Senate and keep the House it will mean nothing. No power to overcome or overthrow the communists machine, with King Obama the dictator. He is using absolute power to control Americans and over half of the Americans are the biggest fools in the world.

Miss Romney yet?

24 posted on 10/18/2013 1:05:28 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Sir Napsalot

A new Tea Party might. But the GOP, the party of perennial losers, spineless whiners & lib-lite morons? I don’t see the draw.


25 posted on 10/18/2013 1:08:00 PM PDT by MCH
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To: Sir Napsalot
Of course they can. Obama no longer has the "cool" factor after labeling Snowden a traitor and hunting him down to the four corners of the earth. With Obamacare, they don't want to pay for something they don't need. They can't find secure full-time jobs; everything the government does won't let them start small businesses. They're not only broke, they're hopelessly in debt.

The characteristics they don't like in Republicans describe RINOs, not constitutional conservatives. Republicans can win if the RINOs step back, stop being the globalist-corporate-elite party and go back to a conservative-libertarian small government message.

The RINOs are so hypocritical. Just a month or so ago they wanted the hispanic vote. Now they're insulting Ted Cruz. They say they don't want Obamacare, but it turns out they do. The sooner the RINOs slither away, the better.

JMHO

26 posted on 10/18/2013 1:10:57 PM PDT by grania
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To: Sir Napsalot

If they continue to blame “the economy” for not giving them a Skittle-pooping Unicorn and those evil Boomers for taking all the good jobs and forcing them to live in mom’s basement and experience life vicariously through Facebook and Twitter - no.


27 posted on 10/18/2013 1:11:46 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Zeneta

Yep.

Trouble is, most of the GOP-e has a fetish for snooping into people’s electronic (and paper) communications. As bad as liberals are about wanting to dispense with the Second Amendment, Republicans are about abusing the Fourth Amendment.


28 posted on 10/18/2013 1:18:10 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: grania

I don’t know, as unhappy as they have become, there has been no sign that the young blame the true culprits yet.

If there are signs, I am sure it shall not (will not) be reported.


29 posted on 10/18/2013 1:57:13 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
I started today to think on those lines about another ... yet related, subject.

Earlier someone had posted an article from 1956 concerning the necessity of Christianity to Conservatism by Russel Kirk

(I thought I had bookmarked it, but I guess not ... if someone has the link, I'd like to have it)

Anyway, as a born again Christian, I'm concerned about the lack of Christianity represented by our young people.

I haven't thought this completely through yet, but my thought was a preacher that didn't dress in shirt and tie ... maybe even fatigues ... and the language of standards (dresses on girls, short hair for men .. etc. ... not to single those out, but as reference)

Just about no one smokes these days, but what if a fundamental preacher did smoke and did not condemn it, yet preached the gospel of salvation by grace through faith. ?

30 posted on 10/18/2013 2:02:49 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof .... but they're true)
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To: Sir Napsalot
I disagree. I think the "milennials" have great admiration for Ted Cruz to have done his 21 hours. And then the RINOs backstabbed him. Why would they want to embrace a party that backstabs their own?

What Obama provides is a solid wall of support and acceptance. With McCain, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham etc what you have is creepy old men who don't hear or care about what ails the nation. The model of supporting big business and big government is not going to win anyone over.

Like I said, RINOs should just slither away.

31 posted on 10/18/2013 2:03:48 PM PDT by grania
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To: Sir Napsalot

There’s an obvious slogan the GOP could use to win over women of any age:

“Do you really want men in your public restrooms?”


32 posted on 10/18/2013 2:05:12 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: NVDave
Trouble is, most of the GOP-e has a fetish for snooping into people’s electronic (and paper) communications. As bad as liberals are about wanting to dispense with the Second Amendment, Republicans are about abusing the Fourth Amendment.

Yes

But with a difference.

They, the rinos are happy to fall in line as they collect a boat load of dollars from the beltway bandits in the name of "National Security".

It's about the money.

The Tea Party is NOT REPUBLICAN, it is the party of the "Classic Liberal".

They have simply found their "IN" among the existing Republican Party.

33 posted on 10/18/2013 2:16:31 PM PDT by Zeneta
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To: Mr. Jeeves
The Democrats have successfully (and absurdly) convinced young people they are the more libertarian-minded party. They have gotten away with it because so many Republicans look and talk like Disciplinarian Dad, straight from central casting.

You can only mean pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage, and pro-immigration, and the rest of the libertarian, lefty social agenda.

You want us to beat the democrats on being liberal and anti-conservative?

34 posted on 10/18/2013 2:21:22 PM PDT by ansel12 (Don't be eyeballing those distant mountains boy, those are on federal land, and closed.)
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To: ansel12

Let’s Go !!!


35 posted on 10/18/2013 2:25:39 PM PDT by Zeneta
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To: ansel12
You can only mean pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage, and pro-immigration, and the rest of the libertarian, lefty social agenda.

You want us to beat the democrats on being liberal and anti-conservative?

I want ask you just one question.

Should the Government "Tell" people what to believe or should we "trust" individuals to make their own decisions ?

36 posted on 10/18/2013 2:44:43 PM PDT by Zeneta
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To: Mr. K

Bingo! I think Obamacare is going to be the biggest story of all in 2014+.


37 posted on 10/18/2013 4:43:37 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (Obama&Admin=An army of deer, led by a lion is more to be feared than an army of lions led by a deer)
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To: Zeneta

If you want to promote a pro-abortion, anti-marriage, pro-homosexualizing the military position do it, don’t pretend a fake, made up position of “””Should the Government “Tell” people what to believe or should we “trust” individuals to make their own decisions ?”””

You really think conservatism is about wanting to “tell people what to believe”?

What are your defenses or arguments for being pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage, and pro-immigration, and the rest of the libertarian, lefty social agenda?

You want us to beat the democrats on being liberal and anti-conservative?


38 posted on 10/18/2013 5:43:37 PM PDT by ansel12 (Don't be eyeballing those distant mountains boy, those are on federal land, and closed.)
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To: Viennacon
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Many of us (older) Americans started life out as quasi-liberals ...

it was fashionable and "cool" ...



THEN ... ten years passed and we discovered what TAXES were,

and THAT changed our opinions about politics.



My own four adult children, only one is conservative, the other three "fashionably" liberal ...

will soon be revolting against ObamaCare (and his Sodomite pro-Islamic Jihadist policies) ...

when they get hit with ObamaCare's OUTRAGEOUS taxes.



You can bank on that.



.
39 posted on 10/19/2013 6:07:12 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Swine Piss be upon the Sodmite Obama, and his Child-Rapist False Prophet Mohammed)
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To: Sir Napsalot; ansel12; Zeneta; grania
Should Owen Hill prevail in the Colorado Republican primary, he’ll face an uphill climb in challenging 63-year-old Sen. Mark Udall. Udall is well-funded and maintains a net positive approval rating, and it’s unclear whether the National Republican Senatorial Committee will be willing to spend serious money on the race.

Nonetheless, Hill remains as publicly upbeat about his quest as most national Republicans are about their effort to regain the youth vote. Whether Hill’s optimism -- and the GOP’s new youth outreach -- can be channeled into a broader, younger Republican coalition remains to be seen.

Mark Udall is a gun grabber in a state that just recalled two sstate senators on that issue.

Americans, Especially Young Ones, Say People "Should Be Allowed" to Own Assault Weapons

Don't forget that the rats have resumed their old gun grabbing tendency.

40 posted on 10/19/2013 9:55:54 AM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: ansel12
You really think conservatism is about wanting to “tell people what to believe”?

You seem to have a mental block.

No, "I" don't think that is a description of conservatism.

However, it is what the vast majority of casual democrats, liberals and certainly Millennials think.

I'm talking about winning elections.

I'm talking about a party that will begin to move those social issues back into the hands of the states.

Conservatives and Republicans have been defined by the media and the Democrat party. That definition is not going to change no matter how charismatic or dynamic a particular conservative candidate happens to be.

When you consider virtually every issue conservatives and liberals disagree on, the content of the conservative message or position is rarely explored.

Conservatives lose because we have been labeled as such.

It's not the message, it's the messenger.

BTW, you need to stop trying to define me as "pro-abortion, gay-marriage etc., nothing could be further from the truth.

41 posted on 10/20/2013 9:52:19 AM PDT by Zeneta
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To: Zeneta
BTW, you need to stop trying to define me as "pro-abortion, gay-marriage etc., nothing could be further from the truth.

Except for the part that is you arguing for them, you want conservatives to quit fighting those positions of the left/libertarians.

The federal government needs to make laws on abortion and gay marriage and homosexual issues for employment, military service and immigration, and marriage that is legal in one state becomes recognized in another, just as abortion in one state leaves a dead person regardless of where it is.

We are arguing about abortion and the gay agenda, conservatives are against it, and you want that to stop.

42 posted on 10/20/2013 12:33:49 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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