For decades, AEI scholars like Newt Gingrich have offered policy recommendations that often found their way into the Republican Party platform. AEI scholars were prominent in the Bush administration, and today AEI is considered a bastion of pro-business, neoconservative thought.
Here the older scholars leading AEI’s research efforts are buttressed by younger research assistants. And while the Republican Party remains popular among many of the elder scholars, more of the assistants are beginning to consider calling themselves Democrats; some even voted for Barack Obama.
This phenomenon is important because it reveals a startling truth: Republicans are in danger of losing the majority of an entire generation of young Americans to the Democratic Party, and the effects could be disastrous for both the party and the future of a balanced political dialogue.