Bleeding Heartland: The Republicans' problem is what they say, not how they say it
Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland
... Republicans should be asking themselves why young voters are rejecting their candidates in such large numbers. Strawn's answer is that the GOP's failure to fully exploit new technology is "sending a terrible message" to young voters. I sincerely hope that Republicans continue to believe that their recent election losses are rooted in communication problems. I think the Republicans' ideology is what turns off young voters. The tendency for Republicans to campaign on "culture war" issues exacerbates this problem, highlighting the topics that make the party seem out of touch to younger voters. ... Republican campaign rhetoric in the 1980s tended not to emphasize abortion, the so-called "homosexual agenda" and other polarizing social issues. Will Iowa Republicans be ready to nominate more pro-choice moderates, or at least not demonize slightly less extreme anti-choice candidates, in 2010? Given how many party activists and State Central Committee members are also involved with anti-choice groups, I am skeptical.