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Voters stand in line to cast their ballot at Hartford City Hall during the U.S. presidential election in Hartford, Connecticut, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin
Nope, not voting GOP anytime soon. If ever.
So the college Republicans commission a report to find out why their peers hate their party so much, and we can sit there and laugh that they spent money to discover the obvious:
Words that up-for-grabs voters associate with the GOP: “The responses were brutal: closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned.”
But there were some nuggets of good info in there, such as one-quarter of young voters won't even consider voting for a candidate who holds anti-gay views. I'm telling you, the millennials are changing this country for the better. On the other hand, we can go back to laughing when we see how these young Republicans react to that info:
“On the ‘open-minded’ issue, yes, we will face serious difficulty so long as the issue of gay marriage remains on the table,” the authors wrote. “In the short term, the party ought to promote the diversity of thought within its ranks and make clear that we welcome healthy debate on the policy topic at hand.”
Please read below the fold for more on this story.

And:

Republicans need to avoid allowing the abortion debate to be “conflated” with debates over contraception, rape and Planned Parenthood, the report recommended.
And:
“If we don’t believe that Republicans are the ‘fend for yourself’ party, then it’s time for us to explain why — and to show our work,” the report said. “This will go a long way overall, but particularly with Latino voters, who tend to think the GOP couldn’t care less about them.”
Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Have they taken a look at their party recently? They can't "promote diversity" because the very word "diversity" is anathema to the GOP. Witness GOProud's inability to exhibit at CPAC, lest the party's Christianists boycott the event. And they are absolutely the party of "fend for yourself." Where do you think that "43 percent" shit comes from, or the "you didn't built that" hysteria of 2012?

What these college Republicans are asking for would sever the GOP—excising its largest block of foot soldiers (evangelicals) for the potential promise of future support from young poor-performing voters, not to mention voters of color and single women.

This isn't a party that will suffer short-term pain for long-term advantage. It's not about to excommunicate the very people that are killing it.

Originally posted to kos on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:54 AM PST.

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