Why the GOP must learn from young conservatives

On last night’s Glenn Beck Program, guest-host Dana Loesch sat down with an audience of young conservatives to discuss the future of the GOP. The 2012 election proved to be much closer than the mainstream media and Democrats expected. But, at the end of the day, President Obama won the election because of the overwhelming support of a key demographic: the youth.

President Obama received 67% of the youth vote, compared to Mitt Romney’s 30%. In many states, this margin dictated whether the state went red or blue. Had Romney been able to just split the youth vote, he may have been able to win the election.

“Twenty-three million young adults between the ages of 18 to 29 voted, which accounted for an increase in the percentage of the electorate, 18 to 19%,” Dana explained. “Now think about it, 333,000 votes in four different swing states would have made the difference between a President Obama and a President Romney. Now, Romney lost the popular vote 48 to 51%. That is not a landslide loss…  Folks, these aren’t big numbers. These aren’t numbers that couldn’t have been overcome.”

Because these numbers are so nominal, Dana believes no single voting block provided such an impactful loss than the youth vote. Not the black vote. Not the female vote. The youth vote.

So how can the GOP overcome this problem? What can the Republican Party do to excite and mobilize this historically left-leaning block? It is clear the GOP has the principles and the message to allow this demographic to grow and prosper, but there is an obvious communication problem.

To discuss this problem, Dana spoke to Amy Lutz, a blogger and editor for TheCollegeConservative.com, and 24-year-old Georgia State Representative Michael Caldwell.

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Another major problem the GOP faces is the culture. The leftists in Hollywood and beyond have monopolized the weapon that is popular culture for far too long to propagate Democratic ideals. But with so few Republicans in the industry, what can the GOP do to win the culture? Dana sat down with Brandon Morse of MisfitPolitics.co and Michelle Fields of NextGeneration.tv to discuss inroads the Republican Party make into the cultural landscape.

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  • Anonymous

    Excellent interview.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The cultural aspect does have to be dealt with, yet another problem is to remove the RINO’s and the Progressives such as McCain and Flake.

    The choices for the Republican party are one of three: Change from within, split into two different parties (which I see is a good probability), or go into extinction and the leftists will obtain a one-party system from here on out.

  • Anonymous

    Too true. Great points.

  • Anonymous

    I see two problems with our current society as a whole.  Number 1, nobody practices humility with regards to being able to admit to being wrong when when confronted.  Number 2, everybody wants to be considered smart, but not enough people actually want to BE smart.  These lines are what the Left tows and exploits.
    I can’t think of one GOOD principle that wasn’t first brought up in the Bible.  The Right shouldn’t even have to “sell” their good ideas at all.  The ideas should be able to sell themselves.  Too many people who grew up going to church are so arrogant that they go to the college with the intent to find something better than the Bible.  Don’t hold your breath and good luck on that one.  It’s this inclination that, “I went to college, so I’m smarter and better than you.”  That’s the Left for you.  I’m sick of hearing that I’m not open-minded because I believe in God.  I’d like to flip the script on that and say what’s wrong with being a Leftist and being open-minded enough to realize that Conservatives may have a good idea every now and then?  There is no ultra-intelligent doctrine out there that trumps the Bible.  Usually the best ideas are the simplest ones.  Any idea absent of love for not just your fellow Conservatives, but also love for your Leftist opponents, is a bad idea.  I oppose this administration on the basis that I think it is bad for ALL of us.
    I contend that the most important thing for Conservatives to do is to encourage their Leftist counterparts to pick up literature that supports your ideas.  Very few ideas that come out are original these days.  We just think they are.  All you have to do is read history books to find that Leftist principles, i.e, the creation of a nanny state and a dependent electorate, sows jealousy and discord among the people and eliminates the incentive to be a productive human being.  Right wing principles are that you should love your fellow man and do the best you can as an individual to be self-sufficient and not depend on others.  As Ayn Rand told us, that’s the highest moral virtue because it’s the only way that you won’t infringe upon the independence of another human being.  This is only possible through a free market society.
    I stress, love the Left, love your enemy, or your message WILL NOT get across.  That’s Conservatism in a nutshell.

  • Anonymous

    This must be the lowest quality content there has ever been on this website. It’s just awful, you know, the level of critical thought and intellectual reflection. Examples: 1) Dana asks this conservative little prick “how do we clone you?” LOL. Lame. You wanna clone a young politician who keeps saying “we got new ideas” but can’t put forward one, just one. 2) Dana keeps playing with the self-deluding idea that says, GOP has the right message, but it is not well said. 3) The “new brand” of Republicanism is basically this: say you are young and have new ideas and promise to deliver the “lost demographics”. LOL. You guys are soooooooooooo loooooooooooost. The funny thing is, you guys are so out of touch, that you think liberals are the lost ones. The problem is, you are trying to emulate them, emulate the left, because they are getting women, minorities and the youth. And you guys are NOT.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    Seeing how you just describe Obama with all three of your points yes I think you liberals are lost.

  • HOSPADA BETUMBA

    Fine Toiletry is just another spamming TROLL.

  • soybomb315

    What kinds of ideas and principles resonate with young people???  Perhaps you can find evidence from the republican primary….  17-29 year olds voted in droves for Ron Paul, he got nearly 50% of that voting block despite a field of 6 candidates

    http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/primaries/epolls/nh
    http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/primaries/epolls/ia

    If the republican establishment had been open to the truth instead of hardening their hearts, we could have a republican president instead of Obama.  But ultimately it is the people in the republican party that continue to buy into what the establishment sells – they are the ones that enable them.

  • soybomb315

     ”Number 1, nobody practices humility with regards to being able to admit to being wrong when confronted.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5m8iSKtJio

  • soybomb315

     you have to include lindsey graham when talking about RINOs….He is from south carolina – they could run mickey mouse and he would win the R senate seat, i see no reason why they would settle for Lindsey Graham….He MUST be primaried

  • soybomb315

     It is especially low information when they ignore the one republican that has had TREMENDOUS SUCCESS with young people – Ron Paul…..Get a room full of young republicans – you cant swing your arm without hitting a Ron Paul supporter – but yet theblaze/Dana found a way around it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    . Not really Brandon Morse the guy in second video may not be a Ron Paul supporter but does have a few that write for him on his web site.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    You older people need to listen to us young Conservatives if you ever want to gain the youth vote it. First stop with the attacks on video games if you don’t like them don’t play them but we get sick of hearing from our side whenever some nut shoots up a place that it is our faults because we like something you don’t. One of many examples of what drives the youth vote away. I also talk to a lot of young people like myself and the majority that is here says they hate Obama’s guts but they feel the other side is no different so why vote and I think they are right. The Republican Party does not stand for anything anymore they are just like the liberal Dems. I think the only way we live as a party is to get away from the liberal party ideas and stick with our own. Do this and you will not only pick up the youth vote but also pick up a whole hell of a lot of others that where not voting before. It is ok to stand out GOP people grave something different than the choices we had. Let’s face it if we had anyone else up their beside Mitt we would of won the last election but no we had to vote in the Rhino that was no different than Obama. Put an end to it people be different than the other party.

  • soybomb315

     The people who “write for Brandon Morse” were not part of theblaze message so it has no bearing.  It is completely disingenuous for theblaze to sit around and talk about how to reach young people while ignoring the impact of Ron Paul or that message (personal freedom, humble foreign policy, and Constitution)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    I am just saying.

  • Anonymous

    Young people are, since they’re in college or barely getting started on their careers, rather poor. The Republican party needs to find a way to show that they not only care about the concerns of the poor and lower middle class, but have solutions that will help them. Mitt Romney came across as out of touch to a lot of people in that regard.

    Also, young people tend to not think same-sex marriage is a threat. Something like 70% of under 30s support same-sex marriage and tend to think of those on the other side as out of touch or worse, bigoted.

    Those are probably the two most obvious things to me.

  • Anonymous

    No it wasn’t just the youth vote that got the idiot back in office it was WIDE SPREAD VOTER FRAUD and tampering with voting machines. I live in the Ohio Valley and we hear about the voter fraud all the time and ITS ALL DEMOCRATIC VOTER FRAUD and there’s a lot of it and in Indiana fraud is what got King Obama on the ballets in both Indiana & Ohio in 2008 and our own media reported it and they said he shouldn’t have even been able to get on the ballots in both states that’s how much fraud there was in 2008 and in 2012 there was wide spread voter fraud in both states and we hear about the people going to jail for it all the time and what’s funny is anyone black people they ask about the fraud said they’d do it again in a minute and most voted over 5 or more times even using their pets names to get him reelected and the liberal media HASN’T SAID ONE WORD ABOUT ANY OF THE FRAUD IN EITHER ELECTION but if it would have been even one Republican that got caught using voter fraud the liberal media would be still talking about it 24/7 , 365 days a year nonstop !

  • soybomb315

     me too

  • Anonymous

    Bert, there are plenty of Christians on the political left. And conservatives have plenty of good ideas. Many times on this website, in fact, little old me has agreed or found common ground with people I usually disagree with. I think you’re right about love and coming together. But you also seem to say, ‘we should all get a long and respect each other and have open minds but conservative ideas and those taken from the Bible are the best.’ And come on, regardless of the veracity of the Bible and whether or not it’s the word of God, many of the ideas and stories originated much earlier. See the Egyptian book of the dead, see the epic of Gilgamesh, and so on. 
    You sum up ‘leftist principles’ as the ‘creation of a nanny state and dependent electorate’ as if that’s all they are. And where are these history books? Who writes them? I promise I will read them. Perhaps you’d take a chance on a book I recommend? And are you really citing the moral instruction of Ayn Rand, an avowed atheist who had no patience or love for Christians and Christianity? And when and where have you tested this ‘free market’ theory? Have we ever had free markets in this country, whether  we’re talking about labor markets, real estate markets, commodity markets? Even the darling of today’s right, Friedrich Hayek, understood the need for state intervention in the market. Just as there has never been a truly communist society in the image set forth by the utopian socialists or by Marx, there has never been a truly free-market society. 

  • Anonymous

    A young 18 to 26 year old will do one or two things, either face reality, or be in denial and unable to face the reality of life and responsiblity. No slick marketing will change anything more than their own life experience of living and working and starting a family.

  • Guest

    Let’s see, “prophet” Beck predicted, the day before the election, a Romney landslide.

    Yep, he can “see over the horizon” just as he (falsely) claims. 

    So when his newletter claims: “The 2012 election proved to be much closer than the mainstream media and Democrats expected,” that is complete BS (as usual). Nate Silver (NY Times) predicted every state and the winning margin percentage wise.

    Young conservatives need to run away from the likes of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, or the GOP is doomed as a national party. Beck and Limbaugh’s ideas are way, way, way out of the mainstream.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rigoberto.serrano.39 Pachy Serrano

    I think these two young conservatives hit the spot a couple of times, even on myself, cause I consider myself a progressive with few conservative and liberal ideas in the mix.
    First, conservatives and republicans, need to stop being the party of NO. Saying NO to everything will get you nowhere and young people don’t want to be associated with negative people. Younge people still like to have fun and learn at the same time. Offering new and common sense ideas to the issues facing our country today and they might win few or more people from the other side; Second, Christianity was brought by Jesus and his disciples not by conservatives, so mixing religion with ideas is not always productive to attract others who think very different than you. Even the first Christians used and believed in social justice and social equality. They rejected the abuse of Govt, but also rejected the abuse of money, power, and religion. In addition, our demographics are changing dramatically. The US is becoming more diverse than ever and the key are the Latino and Asian-American community, so calling Latinos names and rejecting their views and culture will get the GOP nowhere. I believe we can still have an immigration reform bill that its humane, but also lawful. Most of the Latinos are also young people and they will be the next generation of political leaders, teachers, doctors, attorneys, business men and women, artists, etc. If the GOP don’t reach out to them . . . conservatives have no chance on winning another Presidential election. Nice show Dana, but I still a bit uneasy listening to your rethoric at times, but we cool. We don’t have to agree always and the world will not end for that matter . . . God bless!

  • Anonymous

    I LIKE TO SEE the young in heart with an astounding spirit to get involved.My hope is young ones for both sides can come with an idealism of JFK and the values and strength of Reagan,an honesty of Lincoln and love of God and country like Washington.That’s my prayer for America.

  • Pamela Peltonen

    If the youth Dana is referring to are so shallow that they need a “cool” celebrity candidate, then do we really want them in our tent? I’m kind of torn on this.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    I think you’re right by the way. I might not agree with Ron Paul on everything but it would be nice to have a libertarian in on the discussion.

  • Anonymous

    Conservatives need follow through with their conservatism, instead of getting elected and ignoring what they campaigned on.  Being what you say and saying what you mean is paramount to attracting people of any age.  Why would anyone want to support a Boehner or McConnell that talk conservative during election season and then join the RINO herd in D.C. 
    As much as I hate to say this the Democrats deliver on their welfare give away agenda that they campaigned on.

  • Guest

    Victor’s hatred surfaces again on Glenn site.

  • Anonymous

    part of that goes with paying attention during non-election years.  McCain continually gets re-elected and he’s conservative for 1 out of every 6 years.

  • Guest 161941

    I think the whole nation needs to listen to the up and coming new kids on the block.

    The old guard needs to retire, we don’t need RINO’s anymore.

  • Guest 161941

    McCain needs to retire.  I think 2014 will be the end of his RINO existence. 

    Old soldiers just fade away and it’s time for him to fade.

  • Guest 161941

    Things are changing. People weren’t laughing at Bill Maher’s jokes the other night. The Healthcare act is 100,000 page nightmare and all those young people over 25 will have to pay up.  After 2014 elections you leftists will be neutered.

    People pay attention when the Government (IRS Criminals) start reaching into their pockets.  That includes women and minorities. Everyone knows when their pockets are getting picked. 

  • The Kirby’s

    I am 60 years old……I’m soooooo sick of McCain Rino’s.  I welcome the young Conservatives…sadly, they have an uphill battle.

  • Guest 161941

    Patience. Keep focused on 2014 and your local elections. Remember, Obama’s not giving out freebies in State elections. Many people won’t show up to vote but make sure you do. The target is the Senate.

  • Anonymous

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  • soybomb315

    Generally, young people are not fans of warmongering – especially when we cannot afford it

  • http://www.lewrockwell.com/ Tuci78

    “17-29 year olds voted in droves for Ron Paul, he got nearly 50% of that voting block despite a field of 6 candidates”

    And what d’you think those young voters thought as they watched cell phone videos of Boehner and the rest of the R.N.C. – TelePrompTer-scripted – railroading the Ron Paul delegates out of the 2012 national convention in order to prevent Dr. Paul from even speaking as a recognized candidate representing the interests of key Republican constituencies? 

    I don’t commonly get biblical, but the impression everybody got of the Republican “establishment” that day can’t be evoked without using the words “whited sepulchre” (Matthew 23:27).

    Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto
    whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within
    full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

  • Anonymous

     
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  • Douglas W. Rodrigues

    The Republican Party is dead.  When the RNC functions as the DNC Lite, I have no more use for republican politicians.

  • Anonymous

    I think the problem are assfucks like Glenn Beck talking bullshit

  • Anonymous

    Generally, hard-working people are not fans of paying for someone else’s food and health insurance, especially when we cannot afford it. 

  • soybomb315

    It was completely despicable.  Nobody expected Ron Paul to win at the convention or to be a major force – but we earned a seat at the table, despite what the establishment did at some of the state conventions.  When they did that at the national convention, I knew all hope was lost for the GOP

  • soybomb315

    DUH….What is your point – we are talking about the republican party and how they can improve.

    Young people have in their minds that they can choose between the party that will waste money on entitlements or the party that will waste money on foreign wars….They are choosing the former cuz at least the money stays here.

  • Anonymous

    Just think, Glenn Beck can show young conservatives how to scam suckers out of their retirement money by selling gold to them at inflated prices. Gold down 600 an ounce, man did Beck jam a stick up their ass or what?

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps like, a single arrest or prosecution for voter fraud would help me to believe your total bullshit, you lying sack of pig shit

  • Anonymous

    Let starve, right? That will get you the youth vote for sure.

  • Anonymous

    Loesch repeats that Conservatives have ”already won” on their ideas. Really?  If the right has won on their ideas, why are they loosing votes and Senate seats?  Why has the Supreme Court decided against them on the Affordable Care Act and DOMA?  Why has nobody challenged the constitutionality of the Patriot Act?  Why is public opinion of the Republican Congress at record lows?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rigoberto.serrano.39 Pachy Serrano

    U need to learn that our Govt. spends more money in the military, SSA, and Medicare than in Welfare for needy people. We can’t keep trashing poor people and expecting to win elections . . . they are voters too. We need to continue to offer job training programs and new business solutions to keep folks away from the welfare system. People needs to understand that welfare is a temporary fix, not a way of living. I am proud to say that my mother in-law used the system to improve herself and her family. She went to college, got a nice job, and taught her children to work hard for a living and today they all have degrees and are involved in their communities. However, at the time, the circumtances brought her to accept welfare and there is no shame on that. The system was created for a reason, but many like to abuse the system and that’s true as well.

  • Anonymous

    You believe in the bible?  After I read numbers 15-32,  I threw up.  The god in this book is an evil prick, I ain’t killing no one for working on any day!

  • Anonymous

    The choice for the republican party is simple.  Stop living in fantasy land.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rigoberto.serrano.39 Pachy Serrano

    U hit the spot Bob Jr. I hope for better years to come in our great nation . . .

  • Anonymous

    And you guys need women and minorities so much, right?

  • monster

    The reason we have the Occupier and not President Romney has already been identified: White Republicans stayed home, just as they did in ’08. Same problem, same result. Too many decided to sit this one out and pray it didn’t bite them in the….Well guess what–that didn’t work.

  • Marilyn

     I disagree.  We must continue being the party of “no” when “no” is the only response that makes sense.  Compromise is not something we should embrace.  With compromise either one side loses and the other wins, or both lose.  Rather, we need to find where we agree and capitalize on those events.  We need to make sure our young understand that our government was never designed to “fix” the world’s problems, that it’s supposed to have limited powers, and that we are responsible for our own pursuit of happiness.

  • Anonymous

    Im watching Dana right now and she just made a comment that is right on the money.

    She said, and it wont be a direct quote so bear with me, Im not a Republican, Im not a Libertarian and Im not a statist. I just want to vote for the candidate that is the most Constitutionally conservative. She said, she doesnt understand conservatives fear of libertarians, nor libertarians fear of conservatives. If we agree on 80% of the issues then we can work out the other 20%. That may not be exactly what she said but it is the gist of it and I agree with her 100%. Ive been saying this and I firmly believe that all of us who want constitutional government need to put aside the differences and work together on the things we agree on. It is the only way we can win and get our nation back. You go Dana. Im a Missourian and am proud to see something good come out of St Louis.

  • Anonymous

     You need to not judge a person based on a single post. I have for some time pointed out the power that feeds the left and the right.  For the left it is the largess of the welfare system that buys them votes; however, the right uses fear mongering and the warfare system to gain their consistent share from the misguided masses.  Both warfare & welfare are unfortunate necessities that should be seldom used.  In a robust economy employers will train workers.  The government doesn’t do very many things well and good education is no exception.  By the way the SSA & medicare both came from misguided progressives and both will fail us as much as the military industrial complex.

  • Pamela Peltonen

    I think we need young conservatives, old conservatives, rich conservatives, poor conservatives, religious conservatives, atheists, black conservatives, white conservatives, ad infinitum. We can’t leave anyone out of our tent.

  • Anonymous

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  • fire lion

    I find it so ironic that people who always look to the past for tradition and morality have women on who would have been stoned to death by christians you so worship as paragons of tradition and morality is so alien.

    The conservative message is alien to youth because bigotry and the worship of money.

  • fire lion

    should sell themselves ?  just like the spanish sold christianity through genocide?

    The natives of this continent didnt seem to be buying. It must have been their culture of no humility right?

    no ultra intelligent doctrine that trumps the bible?

    An omnipotent being who could make everyone happy in a instant forces them to suffer just to love him? thats the ultimate idiocy.

    Christian “love” is war.  Did you know the nazis took all of their ideas on how to deal with jews from the church? even the yellow stars have a christian origin.

  • fire lion

     You cannot compromise with religious zealots who think everyone who disagrees with them are possessed by demons. We just have to wait for skygod worship to die.

    With all that money Glenn Beck has, I wonder if he will pass through the eye of the needle.

  • fire lion

    LOL AGAIN you people think its just branding.  You are not going to get young people to vote with religious nuts who think women should be a servant to men.  and think that the world will come to an end no matter how good you do. 

    Religious conservatives make the republican party incompatible with anyone not a religious conservative. 

    Every cycle we hear about grass roots, talking to people one to one. But in the end homophobia , and anti sex  is going to make your party extinct.  Ironic considering that conservatives are pro life and thus would have more voters but all the sacred life they saved is progressive !

  • Anonymous

    Dude, I suppose you aren’t going to apologize for costing me brain cells here.  I got dumber for reading your post here.  Oh well, why waste anymore time with you?

  • Anonymous

    God willing