Columnist David Brooks foresees an "apocalypse" on the way for Republicans, and it can be summed up in eight words: "To put it bluntly, young adults hate them," he writes in the New York Times. Brooks isn't talking specifically about the 2020 vote so much as down the road. He notes that a Pew survey found 57% of millennials consider themselves liberal or mostly liberal. By contrast, only 12% say the same about being conservative. "This is the most important statistic in American politics right now," writes Brooks. If you're thinking that younger voters tend to be liberal and grow more conservative as they age, Brooks writes that it doesn't apply here because of the demographics at play. Minorities make up 44% of the millennial generation, and most millennials support immigration and diversity of all kinds.
"These days the Republican Party looks like a direct reaction against this ethos—against immigration, against diversity, against pluralism," writes Brooks. "Moreover, conservative thought seems to be getting less relevant to the America that is coming into being." Conservatives can still turn things around, by countering progressives' generally "negative" message about how "American structures are so oppressive, the only option is to burn them down." The alternative: optimism centered around the belief that American institutions "are basically sound and can be realistically reformed," writes Brooks. But so far, he sees no sign of this happening. Unless that changes, "it’s hard to look at the generational data and not see long-term disaster for Republicans." Read his full column. (Read more Republicans stories.)