President Barack Obama's top campaign pollster said Wednesday that Republicans have a "tolerance problem" that could continue to cost them especially among younger voters."[Republicans] are going through an identity crisis and they've earned it," pollster Joel Benenson told reporters at an event hosted by the moderate think tank Third Way.His basic message -- that Republicans need to widen their tent -- echoes what some on the right have argued since November. But Benenson lambasted GOP calls for specific outreach to voter blocs like Latinos, saying the party should instead revise its stances on touchstone social issues including immigration, the environment and gay marriage.~"If Republicans approach this as if they have a Latino problem, I think they're missing the larger dynamic that's in place right now," he said. "I believe that the Republican Party has a tolerance problem. I think when you define people who look differently than you as illegal aliens, and use that term over and over again and talk about self-deporting them, when you ... call people who believe in global warming job-killers, you have a tolerance problem."
Friday, December 14, 2012
The GOP's Tolerance Problem