Red Alert Politics has officially merged with the Washington Examiner

Ellen Carmichael

Age

26

Location

Louisiana State University

Twitter

@ellencarmichael

BIO

Ellen Carmichael is the press secretary for Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.). Previously, she served as the communications director and spokeswoman for Herman Cain’s presidential campaign. Carmichael has also worked as a senior communications strategist for several campaigns of current members of Congress, statewide elected officials, and political advocacy groups. At 24, Carmichael was honored by CNN with its “New Guard” distinction for rising stars in the political industry. She is also the founder and co-host of “Conflicts of Interest,” a quarterly off-the-record social gathering of some of Washington’s most influential reporters and political operatives.

(Ed: Since receiving this distinction, Carmichael began a new job at CRC Public Relations.)

 

 

Why is it important that at this particular point in time, right-of-center youth become involved publicly, whether in politics, media, their communities, or another capacity?

It’s critically important that center-right youth get engaged in politics, because if they don’t, their liberal counterparts still will. In too many aspects of young adult life — from academia to pop culture — conservative viewpoints are underrepresented or altogether unacknowledged.

Conservative youth can provide a positive contrast to the envy, outrage, and despair regularly peddled by the Democrats. Ours is an upbeat message of individual freedom, economic mobility, and strong communities. Young conservatives can deliver it with real energy and enthusiasm.

 

What must elected officials and others in positions of leadership do to make a right-of-center message resonate with the Millennial generation?

In a world where millions of people watched Kourtney Kardashian birth her child on national television, conservative leaders have the unique challenge of making the political process — at times complicated and contentious — attractive to Millennials.

Greg Gutfeld has implored the center-right movement to, in the style of the late Andrew Breitbart, embrace culture and comedy. I consider myself a disciple of this “Gutfeldian” theory. Conservatives should appear on late night television, in viral videos online, and in Twitter timelines.

To be clear, I’m not advocating for a “Who Wore It Better?” competition between Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. Instead, I hope conservatives can accept that we don’t have to abandon our principles to adapt to our audience. We can be funny, we can be approachable, and we can be conservative.

 

Where would you like to see the conservative movement in 10 years — and how can it get there?

As a partisan operative, of course I hope we have a House, Senate, and White House all run by Republicans. I’d love to see real tax reform and some serious fiscal restraint. Only then will we experience the real economic growth necessary to restore prosperity in this country.

In the meantime, I hope the conservative movement broadens to include more people from all walks of life. The first step is “showing up,” and sending out press releases on Juneteenth or tweeting on Hanukkah isn’t enough. Earnest outreach begins with getting to know leaders in underserved communities and listening to their concerns. Everyone likes freedom. Lucky for us, conservatism is all about freedom, so we’re already ahead. If we’re interested in saving our country, we need to be as interested in talking to new people as we are with those who are already our friends.

Thirty Under Thirty – 2014

Red Alert Politics joins the Washington Examiner

You may be asking Where's all my favorite campus and millennial coverage
We've got news for you We've...

Email: Halloween costumes are in "sharp contrast to the principles" of UC Irvine

UC Irvine’s Office of Student Affairs sent a stern warning out to students not to wear offensive Halloween costumers...

The most frightening Halloween costume is a Che Guevara t-shirt

This October is a particularly spooky month in history Besides the annual celebration of Halloween two landmark events in...

College Republicans called “c*nts” by campus vandal

Vandals at University of North Carolina-Wilmington UNCW refuse to let the UNCW College Republicans advertise for their upcoming event...

Unsettling trend: Another free speech ball stabbed in California

Another day another assault on free speech This time the offense took place at California State University-Fresno when a...

FBI surveillance uncovers collusion between college-age Antifa members and ISIS

The FBI has found that American college students in Antifa have ties with radical Islamic terrorists from both ISIS...

Cultural appropriation and the age of outrage; why a Moana costume is perfectly fine

Tuesday is Halloween The American version of this holiday was once merely an excuse for kids and college students...

Analysis: election trends suggest a “Red Wall” forming in the Midwest

With record-breaking small-donor GOP contributions all-time high stock market numbers recent passage of a trillion budget sweeping tax reform...

Cambridge University gives trigger warnings for Shakespeare plays

Professors at Cambridge University are offering trigger warnings before introducing their students to the works of Shakespeare. ...

Feminist students push for "sustainable sex" during "Menstruation Mondays"

Activists at Johns Hopkins University are asking their fellow classmates to think more broadly on the concept of feminism...

GOP Senators don't show up for free speech hearing, Dems blame Trump for campus violence

It wasn’t a good showing for Senate Republicans last week A congressional hearing that addressed free speech on college...

VICE tries to summon the ghost of Karl Marx, talks to "ghost" of Democratic Party

Many left-leaning Millennials still refuse to accept Hillary Clinton’s loss and they’re getting increasingly desperate On the anniversary of...

Millennials are clueless on student loans, study shows

A recent survey by Millennial Personal Finance MPF shows a large majority of millennials know little concerning their own...

Professor sues President Trump for blocking him on Twitter

A professor at the University of Maryland College Park is suing Donald Trump because the president blocked him on...

Son of former Fox News host died with a drug 50x more lethal than heroin in his system

Former Fox News host Eric Bolling announced that his son Eric Chase died of an opioid overdose on September...