Monday, July 14, 2014

GOP Self-Destruction Complete: Millennials Officially Hate Conservatives

From the Guardian via AlterNet:

Conservatives are stuck in a perpetual outrage loop. The reappearance of Todd Akin, the horror-movie villain immortality of Sarah Palin, the unseemly celebration of the Hobby Lobby decision – these all speak to a chorus of "la-la-la-can't-hear-you" loud enough to drown out the voice of an entire generation. Late last week, the Reason Foundation released the results of a poll about that generation, the millennials; its signature finding was the confirmation of a mass abandonment of social conservatism and the GOP. This comes at a time when the conservative movement is increasingly synonymous with mean-spirited, prank-like and combative activism and self-important grand gestures. The millennial generation has repeatedly defined itself as the most socially tolerant of the modern era, but one thing it really can't stand is drama.

More here.

While it's clear that millennials definitely lean much less conservatively than their elders, it's possible that the biggest factor pushing them leftward is that so many conservative mouthpieces these days are big huge jerks, if I'm understanding correctly how Ms. Cox is interpreting this study's results.  But, as far as I can tell, there doesn't really seem to be much of a difference between the negativity of conservative policy positions and the negativity of the spokesmen telling the nation about those policy positions.

I mean, is it even possible to tell American women that before they can have an abortion they absolutely must submit to a useless and invasive ultrasound procedure because they're too stupid to know what they're doing and that state-mandated clinical penetration will set their minds right WITHOUT being a jerk?  Is it possible to tell unemployed people that it's their fault they're unemployed in a kind and polite way?  Is it possible to tell the working poor that they're lazy gently and with love?  I think not.

Either way, though, this is really good news for liberals and absolutely AWFUL news for conservatives.  In twenty years or so, millennials will be running the country, and they will not be doing it in a way that modern conservatives will like.  Cheer up, America.  A brighter day is coming.