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Republican party path back from 2012 election requires shift in culture, not just tactics

Published: Thursday, Jan. 10 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

President Barack Obama speaks at his election night party Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago.

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Our take: After Obama was re-elected, the Republican party realized its not as popular with younger generations as older ones. Jon Ward from Huffington Post writes about what it will take for the Republican party to evolve in this increasingly liberal nation:

One week after Barack Obama thumped Mitt Romney to secure the presidency, I pedaled over to the headquarters of the Reserve Officers Association, a six-story building in a prime spot across the street from the Capitol and next door to the Supreme Court.

Inside, round tables were set up for a lunch hosted by The Heritage Foundation, the longstanding conservative think tank that, within a month, would replace its outgoing, aging president, Ed Fuelner, with Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican and a conservative firebrand. It was a bold stroke that energized the Heritage flock and repositioned the group to play a more pivotal role in Washington and beyond.

But as I sat among the Heritage's luncheon crowd -- part of a daylong anti-poverty forum -- a series of more immediate and pressing questions came to mind: How will the Republican Party and the broader conservative movement it's meant to embody fix their problems with the poor, the disadvantaged, women and minorities? How will the Republican Party evolve?

Romney's loss forced the GOP to recognize that its support is built on a shrinking base of aging, ethnically monolithic, and geographically isolated voters -- while the Democrats have amassed a coalition of growing and engaged constituencies. As one very senior Senate Republican aide put it to me, the party can't win national and statewide elections just with "older white people" anymore.

Read more about Republican Party Path Back From 2012 Election Requires Shift In on Huffington Post.

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