By Tim Collins
The Grand Old Party been suffering as of late. The suffering may not be in the classic sense, but times are getting tough for Republicans. Republican voters are aging and they aren’t attracting enough young voters to replace them. The concern has spread as Crossroads GPS, a conservative SuperPAC, has launched Crossroadsgeneration.com. The site is designed to attract a younger demographic to the Republican party with multimedia and a slick layout.
The problem is the thinking in the Republican Party. Republicans view Mitt Romney, 65, as a youthful member of the GOP ranks. Where as Democrats have placed JFK, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama into the White House based on their connection with young Americans.
During the 1992 Presidential Elections, George H.W. Bush was pestered to be interviewed by MTV. Eventually he relented and was joined on his train by Tabitha Soren, a reporter for MTV. The interview was little awkward and he came off a bit crotchety. She asked him pop culture questions and he seem completely lost. By comparison, Bill Clinton graciously accepted a town hall style Q & A with college students where he admitted to wearing boxers over briefs and confessed to trying pot.
Clinton also made a now famous appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show playing his saxophone to the enjoyment of the crowd. These two acts aided Clinton in securing the youth vote in the election. Young voters felt like they could relate to him, while Bush came across as not knowing what the youth felt. Clinton listened to a lot of the same music, was up on pop culture, and knew how to speak to young voters.
Republicans are in desperate need of a young, straight talker who can enamor the youth to the conservative cause. One major factor effecting the Republican Party is the perception that they are for the upper class of America. Only adding to the problem is their latest candidate, Mitt Romney.
Romney appears to be slightly out of touch with the rest of America and has been the victim of many gaffes. These gaffes only help the left to point out that Romney is an elitist sorely out of touch with the plight of many Americans.
Here are a few examples:
“I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.” –Mitt Romney, using an unfortunate choice of words while advocating for consumer choice in health insurance plans (January 2012)
“Corporations are people, my friend… of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People’s pockets. Human beings, my friend.” —Mitt Romney to a heckler at the Iowa State Fair who suggested that taxes should be raised on corporations as part of balancing the budget (August 2011)
“I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there.” —Mitt Romney (January 2012)
“I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back.” –Mitt Romney, –Mitt Romney, on the American auto industry, despite having written a New York Times op-ed in 2008 titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” in which he said if GM, Ford and Chrysler got a government bailout “you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye”
“I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.” —Mitt Romney, speaking in 2011 to unemployed people in Florida. Romney’s net worth is over $200 million.
“I’m not sure about these cookies. They don’t look like you made them. No, no. They came from the local 7/11 bakery, or whatever.” —Mitt Romney, visiting a local bakery while campaigning in Pittsburgh, PA, April 17, 2012 (The owner of the baker later told MSNBC he was offended by Romney’s remarks.)
“I get speaker’s fees from time to time, but not very much.” —Mitt Romney, who earned $374,000 in speaking fees in one year according to according to his personal financial disclosure (January 2012)
The list goes on and on. While we certainly aren’t fans of President Obama and his government over reach, we cannot support a candidate like Romney. The Republican Party simply cannot survive with a candidate like Mitt Romney, a man who refuses to release his tax information. If Republicans are looking to portray themselves as the top 2% of Americans, then they may soon find that they are only earning 2% of the vote.
The GOP needs to kick out the corporate lobbyists and stand up for average Americans. As the economy continues to struggle, there is going to be a large shift between the haves and have nots. Even many well off families have begun bargain shopping as their finances continue to be hit hard. The Republican Party has the chance to come in and be heroes and correct the wrongs in this country. The question is, will they let it pass them by?
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- Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns: Ask John McCain He’s Got ‘em (guardianlv.com)
- 5 Most Ridiculously Offensive Quotes From Ann Romney (alternet.org)
- Enda Kenny to meet US presidential candidate Mitt Romney in London (independent.ie)
- Mitt Romney’s effort to hide Mitt Romney (dailykos.com)
- Commentary: if Mitt Romney doesn’t like us, we shouldn’t care (telegraph.co.uk)
- “If Only They Knew”: Mitt Romney Buffeted By The Winds Of Extremism (mykeystrokes.com)
- Will Mitt Romney need only young and winnable Marco Rubio? (rqjavines.wordpress.com)