Because being an extremist means never, ever reevaluating your positions or allowing them to be challenged by actual evidence, the anti-gay and anti-choice folks from the American Principles Project actually thinks that they’ll win over young voters and women voters by being more anti-gay and more anti-choice.
Spokesperson Kate Bryan of the American Principles Project points out that Mitt Romney had little to say about abortion and homosexuality, and he was defeated by Barack Obama “instead of standing strong on these foundational principles that the majority of Americans stand with.”…
Bryan insists Republicans were afraid they would lose the votes of women and youth, so they “deflected” on social issues.
“For lack of a better term,” she says, “they were cowards.”
But she thinks that’s changing now:
“I think that they’re starting to see the trend and instead of shying away from it, they’re really embracing their stance and being a strong voice,” says the American Principles spokesperson.Because of that change, she predicts the GOP will garner more votes from women and from young people.
And now, a word from reality. The most recent polling shows that 81% of voters under 30 support same-sex marriage. 81 freaking percent. 64% of young people who identify as evangelical Christian support same-sex marriage, for crying out loud. On abortion, Gallup polls last year showed that Americans want Roe v Wade to remain the law by a 53-29 margin, with 18% having no opinion. Among those 18-29, 54% identified as pro-choice and 36% as pro-life. If they think being anti-gay and anti-choice is going to help them win young and female voters, they’re delusional. I approve of this delusion, of course.