The College Republican National Committee has made recommendations to the GOP on how to stop getting pummeled so drastically at the polls by young voters. Not surprisingly, the CRNC identified gay marriage as one of the problem areas for the Republican Party:
With the culture shifting away from the party’s policies, here’s what they recommend:
The best course of action for the party may be to promote the diversity of opinion on the issue within its ranks. (After all, for quite some time, former vice president Dick Cheney was to the left of President Obama on same-sex marriage) and to focus on acceptance and support for gay people as separate from the definition of marriage. Where the Republican Party will run into the most trouble over this issue is when it is not winning on any of the more prominent issues, either – the economy and spending. If a candidate is compelling enough on economic opportunity and spending, they may well be able to overcome a difference of opinion with young voters on same-sex marriage.
The authors conclude: “On the ‘open-minded’ issue, yes, we will face serious difficulty so long as the issue of gay marriage remains on the table. In the short term, the party ought to promote the diversity of thought within its ranks and make clear that we welcome healthy debate on the policy topic at hand. We should also strongly oppose the use of anti-gay rhetoric.”
Now the CRNC is sponsoring a conference. Right Wing Watch talks about it:
But it turns out the College Republican National Committee is sponsoring the “Road to the Majority Conference,” hosted by Ralph Reed’s far-right Faith & Freedom Coalition, along with other anti-gay groups like Concerned Women for America, the Manhattan Declaration, the American Civil Rights Union and televangelist Pat Robertson’s Regent University.
In fact, some of the GOP’s most stringently anti-gay leaders like Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum are scheduled to address the conference, and Robertson will receive Lifetime Achievement Award.
The problem, you see, is not that prejudice against LGBT people is what the GOP stands for, but that they’re not doing a good enough job of convincing people that prejudice against LGBT people isn’t what they stand for. Maybe the CRNC should’ve included a pro tip (to themselves): don’t sponsor conferences bursting at the seams with some of the most anti-gay people on planet earth?