You may recall that I wrote about a recent report put out by young Republicans that surveyed the views of young people in general and what they found was that the Republican party was viewed very unfavorably, being described with words like closed-minded, racist, rigid, and old-fashioned. The young Republicans think that the party only cares about protecting those who have already made it rich and does not care about those who are still struggling to find their feet. Since almost all people, but especially the young, fall into the latter category, this has to hurt.
Bill O’Reilly interviewed two of the young Republicans who were involved with the survey and writing the report. Two things struck me about the interview. One is that O’Reilly hates reality and attacks the messengers who bring it to him, even if they are members of his favored party, and aggressively challenges their findings.
The second is how amazingly patronizing he is towards them, repeatedly interrupting them and treating them, like little kids who don’t really understand things and himself as the wise father indulging their foolish ideas. He implies that the Democrats are getting the youth vote because the young are easily fooled by flash and ignore substance. I was impressed at how the people being interviewed kept their poise and refused to get angry at being treated so disrespectfully.
No wonder the Republicans are losing the young vote.