The Nevada Republican Party recently decided to remove anti-choice and anti-gay language from their platform, prompting Republican state legislator Ira Hansen to go on the Janet Mefferd show and claim that the real way to appeal to younger voters is to embrace the “Pat Robertson wing” of the GOP.
We don’t see that younger recruitment into the party. I think they are actually being alienated partially by this absence of values. I also think as people get older, they lose some of their drive to fight, I think that’s even true of the pro-life, traditional marriage type crowd. I think they are basically not just shell-shocked but there’s like — you know what, I’ve been fighting this twenty, thirty years; me, I’ve been involved in the Republican Party virtually since I was eighteen, going back to the Reagan era. But I’d probably say in Nevada you still see a big strong element going back to the Pat Robertson campaign in 1988, and that was when there was a huge fight here in Nevada between the Rockefeller wing of the party, as I call them, and the Pat Robertson wing. And with time the Robertson wing won and you had these social issues openly adopted by the Republican Party. And, by the way, in the ‘90s and 2000s, the Republican Party actually did very, very well in Nevada with those in the platform.
Yes, of course. The way to appeal to young voters is to embrace the Christian far right agenda. I strongly encourage the Republican party to do exactly that. Polls — how the fuck do they work?