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May 13, 2012 by JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
What’s a top GOP pollster telling Republicans about gay marriage as an issue? Andrew Sullivan tells it so much better than Ic an so GO HERE to find out.
How true and how dumb the Republican leadership is to allow Obama to set the agenda and take the target off the economy.
As more and more young people enter voting age, this trend will only continue. My kids are very conservative and believe in conservative positions on taxes, debt, deficit and spending. They are very liberal on social values, even being raised by a Catholic mother and being active in the church. However, they do not believe in government interference in personal lives and therefore believe if two people want to marry, so be it. Who are they to tell someone else that is wrong.
And when it comes to voting, they will choose social values over fiscal values since control of peoples lives is much more dangerious than control of their money. Ther ideal candidate is one who votes for positions like gay marriage, but also votes for positions like the Ryan budget.
This won’t be a problem for the TP’s but is an idee fixe of the right wing evangelicals. They simply won’t follow this advice.
Most of the TP also buys into the religious right arguments according to every poll on the question that I’ve seen for a while now. They say they’re all about the economy but when asked specific questions about 80% of the TP respondents have opinions right in line with the rest of the religious base of the GOP.
The main stream Reps have to bend on this issue to have a shot at the presidency. When Obama says I am for gay marriage as regulated by the states, all the Reps need do is agree.
…and this is why Fox News is now all of the sudden defending gay marriage. Whatever, at least the country is heading in the right direction and Reps will stay out of the way.
“they need to evolve and fast, if they’re not going to damage their brand for an entire generation”
I don’t really believe such an evolution will be forthcoming. From what I’ve seen social progress is too much against the GOP/TP grain. I expect them to chug along with the same old biases, even if it means they lose.
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