Politics & Media
Sep 02, 2008, 11:48AM

Future Republicans

Young Republicans are gathering this week in Minneapolis with the rest of their party, and many think it's time to update conservatism for the 21st century. Stung by the negative light in which Republicans are now portrayed, these young activists see an opportunity to change the GOP by including more technology, focusing on how their core values apply to today's issues, and cleaning up their ethics problems.

Now, however, with the Bush Administration headed for the exits, a new, youth-driven GOP is poised to take control of the ailing Republican brand--a brand that Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) bemoaned was "in the trash can"--and hopes to remake it in order to tackle the issues facing young Americans.

Soren Dayton, co-founder of the popular blog, The Next Right, is one driving force within this resurgent Republican movement.

Dayton, along with fellow bloggers Jon Henke and Patrick Ruffini, created The Next Right because of his dissatisfaction with the conservative media and its lack of real reporting.

"The conservative media for a variety of reasons is focused on opinions more than facts," Dayton explained. "And what I mean by that is the people that head the conservative magazines and stuff like that are opinion writers." 

The goal of The Next Right, he continued, is to provide that in-depth research and factual information for conservatives, with the hope that they will "convert facts into activism and what people should do in the world."

Dayton also believes the GOP as a whole needs to be brought up to speed in the new technologies used in political organizing--an upgrade that he said is clearest seen on many college campuses across the countr


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