“While current political realities have made courting young Americans extremely easy for Democrats, there’s no guarantee that the ideological fever that grips the GOP will continue indefinitely, or that it will always supersede the party’s basic need to find new votes. While the political press on both sides of the aisle tends to give the man too much attention and credit, Rand Paul is an easy example of a Republican who seems to intrinsically understand the long-term problems facing his party, and is seeking to position himself as more appealing to the concerns and attitudes of younger demographics — at least superficially. Whether or not he’s actually effective at courting the youth vote is largely irrelevant here; that we can imagine a version of the Republican Party that attempts to soften its stance on issues like gay marriage and immigration — which function as a kind of political sine qua non for the millennial generation – means it’s possible for the party to change with time.
“Could ‘socially liberal, fiscally conservative’ Republicans really attract younger voters? What about their horrible “trickle down” economic platform that has poisoned the well of America’s shared prosperity? Surely the hand-in-glove nature of Republican politicians and the ‘banksters’ on Wall St. means that the generation who brought you “Occupy” will continue to find the right’s politics unappealing, regardless of whether or not they change course on gay rights… right?”
Read the rest at The Suffolk Resolves. “There is no ‘demographic destiny’: Why democrats must embrace economic populism”