I hope you’re enjoying the Karl Rove post-mortems as much as I am. Quite a few commentators, James Carville being the latest, have spoken of Rove’s brand of politics “losing a generation of Republicans.”
Which generation is that? Carville points to this Democracy Corps memo that claims that Democrats stomp Republicans among voters under 30. (That’s not the end of the bad news for the GOP.)
It should be no surprise that young people as a whole seem to flat-out detest the Republican Party — which is no surprise, since the Rove Administration hated them. This administration:
- Sent us into an unnecessary war, killing and maiming many thousands of young people, many of whom were barely out of high school; didn’t provide the best possible protection from injury while they were there; and shat all over their sacrifice when they came back home to the good ol’ USA, with inhuman medical “care” and general neglect;
- Fiddled while the global warming issue burned, endangering life on this planet for future generations;
- Allowed student loan companies free reign to plunder young people’s bank accounts, in the face of rising tuitions;
- Did nothing to provide young people with health care, when people starting their careers are likely to have to go without;
- Spent us trillions further into debt on young people’s credit card, while giving tax breaks to
people who don’t need it;
- Left behind a world manifestly less safe from terrorism;
- Exploited hate, fear and division against gay people — an attitude that young people by and large reject.
And on and on. Man, that is some hard-core wedge politics — political cannibalism, really: Pitting the older generation’s interests and prejudices directly against the younger’s.
And that leads us to this moment of great opportunity for progressive Democrats — to keep this legacy fresh in the minds of voters, to remind folks that Rove had a lot of help; and to go beyond mere technocratic solutions to the above problems to a genuine realignment of values, toward empathy, courage, reason and justice. Rove & Co. just handed us this moment on a silver platter; how can we not take it?