Moving into a new election cycle, Republicans will struggle to straddle a divide of age as well as ideology, The New York Times notes
of the party's tough merge of older positions and newer divisions opened during the Obama era.
Comparing potential candidates Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee, the Times notes emerging "fault lines of both age and political sensibilities" that will create a complex primary for the GOP amid center-right candidates and possible challengers from the new era like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, the Times noted.
Generational positions and issue divides seems likely as the deeply conservative wing of the GOP strains against a push to modernize the party's table moving ahead.
"This is a cycle in which a younger generation of politicians are coming into the race with a view that small-government conservatism is the ideal and who feel no imperative to bend over backward to show that they are compassionate to people," conservative writer Ben Domenech told the Times.
More seasoned candidates must revamp their strategies to compete now, some think. "If Bush and Huckabee run their campaigns as if they are just picking up from when they left office at the end of 2006, they won’t succeed," said Weekly Standard editor William Kristol, told the Times. "But they are both smart enough to probably understand that."
Writing in the Washington Times, columnist Joe Curl cites the GOP's emerging "deep bench" for 2016 — a more youthful and fresh cadre of candidates who could well outpace older candidates like Hillary Clinton among certain voters.
that "the GOP has been cultivating new and fresh talent for years now and is — finally — poised to look to a whole new generation of Republican leaders, quite possibly starting with the 2017 occupant of the White House."
Already some congressional newbies like Republican U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, 30 and a Harvard graduate, are opening the door for more of their demographic to engage with their party and move it to a middle ground. As The Wall Street Journal said
of the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, she "seems to want no part of issues dominating national politics."
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