Here is the opening paragraph:
The decline in Republican Party affiliation among Americans in recent years is well documented, but a Gallup analysis now shows that this movement away from the GOP has occurred among nearly every major demographic subgroup. Since the first year of George W. Bush’s presidency in 2001, the Republican Party has maintained its support only among frequent churchgoers, with conservatives and senior citizens showing minimal decline.
Here is the chart breaking down the decline by subgroup:
Michael Steele responds to the news that the GOP’s hardcore conservative base is the only subgroup that is not abandoning the party in droves with an op-ed in The Politico that puts forth a brave and bold new vision: “tell” Americans why they really do want the same old Republican ideology that they rejected on November 4:
This has been an important debate within the Republican Party, particularly because of the place in history America currently finds itself. Last year the Democrats told voters they would bring “change” to Washington, but their version of change has been to push America to the left farther and faster than I think anyone could have imagined.
That is why I believe America needs the Republican Party now more than ever before. We may be America’s minority party at the moment, but Republicans represent the views and concerns of a majority of Americans. Republicans across America – from our national and state leaders down to our local activists and grassroots supporters – have to get about the business of telling families how Republican principles of less spending, lower taxes, responsive and responsible government, personal freedom and strong national defense stand in stark contrast to the reckless policies we’ve seen from the president and Congressional Democrats in four short months.
“To accomplish this goal,” Steele tells us, “Republicans are turning a corner in three important ways.” (Emphasis mine.)
First, the Republican Party will be forward-looking – it is time to stop looking backward. Republicans have spent ample time re-examining the past. It has been a healthy and necessary task. But I believe it is now time for Republicans to focus all of our energies on winning the future by emerging as the party of new ideas. [This is what the Great Gipper would want us to do.]
Second, the Republican Party will not shy away from voicing our opposition to the president’s policies. His honeymoon is over. … [Wait.... There was a honeymoon?]
Third, the Republican Party will seize upon momentum for a GOP resurgence that is already under way in states and local communities. I have traveled extensively since being elected RNC chairman, meeting with state party leaders and grassroots activists alike. There is genuine enthusiasm for a Republican balance to the reckless excesses of the president and congressional Democrats. … [State party leaders and "grassroots activists" ... ohhh! You mean the base, right?]