Monday, August 27, 2007

Daily Headliners--Young voters hate GOP, Thompson campaign loses staffer

There are a couple of Daily Headliner stories to write about here, even with all the talk of Alberto Gonzales. So let's get started....

Poll: Young voters disenchanted with Republican party; I found this story through The Daily Kos, and in a sense I'm not surprised by it. From;

A Democracy Corps poll from the Washington firm of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner suggests voters ages 18 to 29 have undergone a striking political evolution in recent years.

Young Americans have become so profoundly alienated from Republican ideals on issues including the war in Iraq, global warming, same-sex marriage and illegal immigration that their defections suggest a political setback that could haunt Republicans "for many generations to come," the poll said.

The startling collapse of GOP support among young voters is reflected in the poll's findings that show two-thirds of young voters surveyed believe Democrats do a better job than Republicans of representing their views - even on issues Republicans once owned, such as terrorism and taxes.


Catherine Brinkman, 28, of Foster City, who heads the California Young Republicans, said she hears from many of her Republican friends who say, " 'Look at our (presidential) candidates compared to the Democrats: They have Hillary, everyone knows her ... and you have this phenomenal (senator) out of Chicago, who is African American and energized.' "

The perception is that "we're still selling the same old white guys," Brinkman said.

If there is anything that sums up the problems of the Republican Party, it is that the GOP is selling itself to old white guys. This GOP has sold itself to neocons dreaming of American imperialism, Corporations and rich elites dreaming of more economic power and money, and Christian evangelicals salivating at their wish of turning the U.S. into a Religious Right theocracy. There really is no place for anyone else in the Republican Party. And with the Bush administration pushing for the endless war in Iraq, it is no wonder that young people are deserting the Republican Party. I doubt that young people are going to the Democratic Party. I'd say that they are declaring themselves as independents, or are declining to state their party affiliation. We actually have three political parties here--Democrats, Republicans, and a potentially growing group of voters who belong to neither big party. The Republican Party is going to need to shed its "old white guy" image, otherwise there won't be anyone left in the GOP except old white guys.

More Staff Trouble in Thompson Campaign: This little Washington Post blog entry from The Fix reports more staffing problems for the Fred Thompson campaign:

Linda Rozett, the communications director for former Sen. Fred Thompson's (R-Tenn.) presidential bid, has left the campaign, according to an internal e-mail obtained by The Fix.

"It is my duty to let you know that Linda Rozett is no longer with our committee," wrote campaign manager Bill Lacy. "I will have to make a lot of tough decisions to make our venture successful, and this was one of them. Linda is a talented, professional and gracious lady who will be missed."

He added: "But in the limited amount of time we have I feel it critical to have a communications point person with significant campaign experience."

Rozett's departure follows that of press secretary Burson Snyder last week.

I seriously wonder if Fred Thompson's wife, Jeri Thompson, had something to do with Rozett's resignation Was there a catfight between Linda Rozett and Jeri Thompson?

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