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After Mitt Romney lost the election, Reince Priebus, the National GOP Chairman, promised a thorough post-mortem of why the party had lost so badly. Various GOP grand poobahs opined that the GOP did not need a survey; it simply had to put new lipstick on the old message pig and allow FOX to run with it: the young, and people named Gonzalez, Sanchez and Rodriguez, would inevitably follow. The GOP’s conventional wisdom was that the problem lay in the messenger, or how the message was delivered, not with the message itself.
The long-awaited study is out and can be found at scribd.com (Grand-Old-Party-For-a-Brand-New-Generation). It is summarized in a single line, on page 69. The young view the GOP as: “close-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned.” Remember: This is a study commissioned and financed by the GOP.
A firm conducting a study softens unpleasant findings for its client by putting as much positive spin on the results as possible. So one has to wonder how bad the results actually were if “close-minded, racist, rigid and old-fashioned” were the least offensive words the survey writers could find.
What did the study say about Democrats? Well, young voters are not in love with the Democratic Party (“soft on spending,” they claim, disregarding Reagan’s and Dubya’s follies). However, they also described Democrats as “tolerant, diverse and open-minded” (page 69 of study).
As with all facts that contradict their ideology, Tea Baggers and their Republican acolytes will refuse to acknowledge the validity of the survey’s findings. I hope they stay the course, but suggest they pick up a book entitled “A History of the American Whig party;” it’s about their future.
JOHN C. GARON