The generation born from the late 1970s to the early ’90s has been called “Gen Y,” “GenNext,” and “the Millennials.” Its name is Legion. But whatever name they go by, and despite their image as web-savvy individualists, when it comes to politics, young voters are as collectivist as they come…

What lessons can the GOP, nominally the party of limited government, learn from all this?

First, by staking so much of their electoral success on “social issues” voters, Republicans have lashed themselves to a sinking demographic. At 16 percent of voters currently, Millennials will grow to nearly 40 percent of the electorate by 2020–and they couldn’t care less about the “culture wars.”…

Second, given the rising strength of younger voters, beating the war drum isn’t the way forward for the GOP: “Millennials have generally been the age group most hostile to the war in Iraq,” CAP reports, and they’re less likely than their elders to embrace a militarized war on terror.