GOP Gives Up On Women, Turns To Youth Vote

That whole “trying to win back women” thing has become too arduous for the Republican party.  Instead, they’ve decided to see if they can woo over a different demographic — the youth vote.

It’s a tough sell.  After all, younger voters are far more likely to lean liberal according to most reports, and the party’s zeal for voter ID laws and other ballot access rules that disproportionately affect college age students and recent grads doesn’t make them seem very youth-friendly.

But it’s a group that has been hit hard by both extremely high unemployment rates, stagnant entry level wages, huge increases in college tuition costs and now a potential to see their student loan rates double.  And the GOP thinks it may be able to get them to blame all of these issues on President Barack Obama.

According to the Associated Press, Karl Rove super PAC American Crossroads will be starting Crossroads Generation, a new political action committee focused on stealing the youth vote from the Democratic party.

“Starting Monday, the PAC is launching a $50,000 social media ad campaign targeting younger voters in eight swing states, including Ohio and Virginia. Their ultimate goal: woo younger Americans to the Republican side, including some who supported Obama in 2008,” reports the AP. “The super PAC is also planning a ground game for this fall, leveraging the roughly 250,000 student-members of the College Republicans who span more than 1,800 campuses across the country.”

The idea that the party of the 1 percent could win over the nation’s youth might seem like a long shot.  After all, the GOP are the ones who are holding their student loan rate hostage in order to dismantle the health care reform that is allowing many of them to stay on their parents’ insurance while they try to find jobs.  But KEvin Bondelli, writing at the progressive site Future Majority, is less dismissive. “While I know that the initial reaction from many from the left is to laugh this effort off, but that would be a mistake. The Right has already been trouncing the Left for years when it comes to grooming their young talent, and if conservatives are serious about investing resources in youth outreach they could certainly do some damage. Democrats, liberals, and progressives need to realize that despite a pretty major head start, the Millennial generation can not be taken for granted.”

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Gerald K.
Gerald Knight3 years ago

Republicans should stick to the one demographic that actually takes them seriously old white ultra religious zealots angry typically racist males. The usa is changing right before our eyes it's becoming ''browner'' bllacks are 13% and hispanics are 16% of america and growing!!

Gerald K.
Gerald Knight3 years ago

Republican women like black and hispanic republicans amaze me oh I forget gay republicans crack me up!! Anybody ignorant enough to want to be apart of a party that constantly tells you that we (WHITE MALE REPUBLICANS) don't believe you should rights like me! are delusional! If I had a nickel for every time limbaugh hurled racist insults to blacks and hispanic's I could buy Denmark! Buy the way republican women having females like Michele Bachmann and the milf Sarah Palin shouldn't make you feel too proud. Now don't get pregnant ladies because you don't even have a say with your own reproductive choices OMG!!

Sharon R.
Sharon Re3 years ago

Concerning the "War on Women", this article just came to me-- “Nothing could be further from the truth, and Republican women have been at the forefront exposing these myths. Let’s face it: Republican women — like us — would never be part of a party that didn’t believe in women’s rights, equal pay for equal work, and strong laws against sexual violence. The Republican Party believes in all of those things.”

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, vice chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, launched the campaign on Monday, with appearances on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews and CNN’s John King, USA.

“The Democrats are creating a controversy where it doesn’t exist,” McMorris Rodgers said on Hardball. “It’s a myth to say that we are waging this ‘War on Women.’ The Violence Against Women Act – I am confident that it will be reauthorized. There are women like me – Republican women – who are committed to it; it’s a very important program."

She said President Barack Obama was the one who sparked the issue of who pays for contraception funding, through the Department of Health and Human Services. "It wasn’t the Republicans, it was the president, McMorris Rodgers said.

"They’re creating distractions. They’re trying to divide America. And they’re really trying to distract women from the real issues that face this country.

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Susan T.
Susan` T.3 years ago

The smoke screen prior to this was the women. Now it's the kids. I still think it's to get everyone scared/emotional to keep our minds off the real issues.. ECONOMY ECONOMY ECONOMY!

Why, cause the repubs, tea-ers can't fix that either. Not without funding the middle classes, fund women and start-up businesses, grant loans to failing businesses and encourage people to think outside the box, start paying teachers what they are worth and get our kids educated and able to cognitively think.

Christine C.
Christine C.3 years ago


Jonathan Netherton

@carole: He meant powerful, well-connected aristocratic women. Powerful, well-connected aristocrats are the mainstay of the party, after all. Hell, after the French Revolution when liberalism and conservatism were defined, conservatism was an apology of and case for aristocratic feudalism.

Juliet Defarge
judith sanders3 years ago

I guess they mean the youth who didn't get into college, 'cause they're making it so hard to vote by absentee ballot.

Carole L.
Carole L.3 years ago

Okay, ladies and gents, all together now;
Come November, women will remember
Come November, women will remember
Come November, women will remember

Carole L.
Carole L.3 years ago

July D
“@ Steve R.: "they have secured the votes of the women that matter". Really? What women are those who do not matter?”

Terri Schiavo perhaps… otoh, she would know better, sorry Terri.

It’s amazing how they keep punching us in the face whilst declaring; “I’m not punching you in the face I’m touching your cheek lightly with my fingertips!” and expecting us to believe them.