I think that’s largely correct. The Akin’s and Mourdock’s of the party are poison.
That said, I am a little tired of seeing post-mortem pieces focusing on which tribe of voters the GOP should be targeting. I would rather see articles focusing on whether the GOP’s policies are good.
Unfortunatly, any hopes of a future Presidential victory (which are imperceptible at present) indeed rest on which tribe of voters they should be targeting. In this era of group-identity, "gimme" politics, there's no sense of national cohesion anymore.
Gubernatorial victories might be the more realistic goal for the GOP.
However, I wouldn't read into that that young conservatives should necessarily go full-on pro-gay.
"The New Normal" is case in point. Ridiculous, frankly repulsive characters, with Ellen Barkin as a hideous caricature of a "typical" bigoted conservative. Last I checked it wasn't doing too well in the ratings.