After their landslide defeats in the White House and the Senate, who could blame the Republican Party for looking a little desperate. It’s unclear whether or not newly elected Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele is contributing to that desperation, or proactively steering clear of further icebergs.
From the Washington Times’ piece entitled, GOP Needs Hip-Hop Makeover:
“There was underlying concerns we had become too regionalized and the party needed to reach beyond our comfort” zones, [Steele] said, citing defeats in such states as Virginia and North Carolina. “We need messengers to really capture that region – young, Hispanic, black, a cross section … We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles. But we want to apply them to urban-surburban hip-hop settings.”
But, he elaborated with a laugh, “we need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets.”
“Where we have fallen down in delivering a message is in having something to say, particularly to young people and moms of all shapes – soccer moms, hockey moms,” he said, though he insisted that party messages won’t be different strokes for different folks. “We don’t offer one image for 18-year-olds and another for soccer moms but one that shows who we are for the 21st century.”
Operating in one’s century is usually a good place to start. But “upticking their image” may prove more difficult for the Republicans than they think. Why? Young voters typically vote liberal. The quotation, often attributed to Winston Churchill, goes like this: “If you’re not liberal when you’re young, you have no heart. If you’re not conservative when you’re older, you have no brain.” But if this is true, then the GOP may have an easier go attracting one-armed midgets, than Conservative youths.