http://americablog.com/2013/01/romne...gely-lost.htmlDave Kochel, a veteran Iowa Republican strategist and 2012 Romney Iowa Campaign Senior Adviser, is now behind a new effort that could prove controversial with some Republican activists.
No Republican presidential candidates came out in favor of same-sex marriages during the 2012 cycle, including Romney, Kochel’s candidate. But Kochel now admits, “The culture wars are over. And the Republicans, largely, lost.”
Kochel wants his party to embrace what he considers a changing national demographic, where the majority now supports equal rights for marriage. He hopes to help lead Iowa Republicans in discussions to embrace that shift.
At this point the folks still upset about gays being able to get married seem like fools fighting for a lost cause. Cue the comparison to the Japanese holdouts in the Pacific theatre, who continued fighting WWII long after the war was over.Kochel uses the explanation a number of commentators are now relying on, the “demographic shift.” Namely, younger voters are pro-gay, pro-choice (and pro-environment), and don’t care about the culture war issues. I’d argue that it goes even further than that: Young people care quite a lot about gay rights and women’s right and the environment, and they agree with Democrats on the issues.
Kochel went on to explain that he talks to his kids, one of whom is in college, and gay marriage and abortion and birth control are “settled issues for younger voters.”