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Republicans Losing the Youth Vote

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They had Gen X, but now the new youngins are particuarly disenchanted.

From SFGate:

Young Americans have become so profoundly alienated from Republican ideals on issues including the war in Iraq, global warming, same-sex marriage and illegal immigration that their defections suggest a political setback that could haunt Republicans “for many generations to come,” the poll said.

The startling collapse of GOP support among young voters is reflected in the poll’s findings that show two-thirds of young voters surveyed believe Democrats do a better job than Republicans of representing their views – even on issues Republicans once owned, such as terrorism and taxes.

And in another win for Giuliani…

And among GOP presidential candidates, only former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani registers with more positive views than negative with young voters, the poll shows.

That’s because Rudy is the most socially moderate candidate in the field. Well, besides pieces of Ron Paul’s “live and let live” philosophy.

But who is the most socially moderate Republican of them all?

“I think you have to be concerned when you have some (Republican) people who are saying that global warming is a hoax and that status quo for health care is acceptable,” said Adam Mendelsohn, the communications director for Schwarzenegger.

“These are all positions that don’t reflect where Republicans are in this state – and this is especially true when you start looking at young Republicans.”

Schwarzenegger, by supporting issues “once owned by the Democrats,” such as the environment and education, has lured many young voters to support him and “closely identify themselves as Schwarzenegger Republicans,” Mendelsohn said.

This is really just a generational thing. Generation Y is much more open, altrusitic and selfless than the cynical Gen X. So it follows that they’d be turned off by the more restrictive social policies of the GOP. And there’s really nothing that the Republicans can do except follow Arnold’s model, which most scoff at as RINOism.

My question to all of you is what’s going to be the next political revolution if we agree that the last one we had was the Conservative Revolution? Is it Constitutionalism? Or is it more of a mix of social liberalism and fiscal conservatism, which could be argued is Libertarianism. What will it be?