People have lost whatever like they ever had for the Democratic Party, but are not embracing the Republican Party in droves either. Concerned citizens express frustration that in many areas the same faces occupy the same places and that principle disappeared from party. In 1994 we got a new beginning, but a decade later the emphasis shrank from real change back to simply winning elections in the easiest ways possible.
In 2008, even as the collapse of GOP influence accelerated, the next generation of Republican leaders decided to get away from the old structure and create their own.
The Young Guns movement weds party with principle, youth, and energy. It seeks out qualified people to run for office. It is not blind support, but a calculated effort to get people into Congress that support Republican issues. They concentrate on fiscal issues and have a deep understanding of public policy. This gives them the knowledge and the capabilities to adapt free market philosophy to their particular district. The National Republican Congressional Committee saw the direction of this group and absorbed it into its structure.
Movements of this type reflect 21st century conservatism. Outside of abortion, the old social conservative issues do not translate to this decade's fear over loss of freedom. Younger candidates are steeped in belief in the Constitution and fear for its future. This creates a vigor that if encouraged can revitalize the Republican brand heading into the next election.