Friday, March 28, 2008

Republican Leader Tom Cole: GOP Too Shrill

As AltTulsa noted earlier (see last post), Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole is the subject of a major political report to be published in Sunday's New York Times Magazine.

The article looks to the fall election and Cole's role as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. As reporter Benjamin Wallace-Wells notes, Cole has his work cut out for him.

Social issues, for example, are working against the GOP. Younger voters are increasingly libertarian and have reacted against Republican positions, Cole told the Times.

"My problem on [Republican] social issues is the tone—sometimes we have been too shrill, and that has alienated voters who might otherwise have joined us," Cole said.

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