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Evangelicals -- A Drag on or Essential to the GOP?
davidlimbaugh.com ^ | 11/20/08 | david limbaugh

Posted on 11/20/2008 5:24:05 PM PST by lancer256

A good friend of mine (let's call him Bob) is convinced that unless the GOP puts abortion "aside as its focal point, it simply cannot win and regain power." That's especially interesting in light of Kathleen Parker's latest column, which disses the evangelical wing of the GOP.

Bob's point is that "we've lost a majority of women over this issue as they have become one-issue voters." It's not only liberal women but also others who believe it's simply not the government's business.

Kathleen Parker broadens the point considerably beyond abortion: "The evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh." Since the 1980s or so, says Parker, the GOP "has become increasingly beholden to an element that used to be relegated to wooden crates on street corners. ... The GOP has surrendered its high ground to its lowest brows. In the process, the party has alienated its non-base constituents."

I'll resist the temptation to respond specifically to Kathleen's uncharitable indictment of us knuckle draggers because I like Kathleen personally and because I want to respond to her and Bob's overlapping contention that certain social conservatives are dragging the party down.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; badmove; brainfart; christianvote; cultofdeath; dontbestupid; election; evangelical; goaheadandsee; gop; gopsuicide; leftistnonsense; limbaugh; rinotripe
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1 posted on 11/20/2008 5:24:05 PM PST by lancer256
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To: lancer256

“Kathleen Parker broadens the point considerably beyond abortion: “The evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP”

This woman has done far more harm to the conservative cause over the last three months than any Democrat has.


2 posted on 11/20/2008 5:26:17 PM PST by Grunthor (bush04 - 62, 040, 610 mccain08 - 58, 164, 693.......Moving left is NOT the answer!)
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To: lancer256

If the GOP thinks the Evangelicals are a drag, we can go elsewhere. Sayonara.


3 posted on 11/20/2008 5:26:36 PM PST by TommyDale (I) (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: lancer256
Is the heart essential to the body? Yes and so are Evangelicals essential to the Republican Party.
4 posted on 11/20/2008 5:27:40 PM PST by jveritas (God Bless President Bush and our brave troops)
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To: Grunthor

She has done zero harm because she is absolutely nobody. Those morons are only made important by political junkies.


5 posted on 11/20/2008 5:28:48 PM PST by jveritas (God Bless President Bush and our brave troops)
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To: TommyDale

I dare the GoP to keep moving left.


6 posted on 11/20/2008 5:30:45 PM PST by omega4179 (Obama recession ends 1-20-13)
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To: lancer256

Ignore them again and see how it works.


7 posted on 11/20/2008 5:31:04 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: lancer256

Maybe we should all get together and form our own party ...


8 posted on 11/20/2008 5:32:04 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: lancer256
A good friend of mine (let's call him Bob) is convinced that unless the GOP puts abortion "aside as its focal point, it simply cannot win and regain power."

They said the same thing after the 1992 elections, dubbed by the media as "The Year of the Woman". There was also a Kathleen Parker type pundit that year, though he was a male. His name was Kevin Phillips. He had been a GOP pundit for years, but he became a media darling in 1992 by predicting the GOP would die unless it dumped the religious right, particularly the pro-lifers. Not many people today remember Kevin Phillips. Kathleen Parker should prepare for a similar fate.

9 posted on 11/20/2008 5:34:18 PM PST by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: lancer256

I am hardly an Evangelical, but if the GOP abandons abortion as an issue (what’s this “focal point”?) my support drops further.


10 posted on 11/20/2008 5:34:34 PM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY)|http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/|RCongressIn2Years)
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To: lancer256

This woman is a retard and should be ignored.

That being said, her argument isn’t completely without merit. Voting coaltions based on social preferences is not an enduring coalition. Only economic conditions are enduring.

The GOP didn’t lose because of abortion; it lost because it lost credibility on the economy, the tax issue, and on fiscal conservatism.

Still ignoring a voting block that represents 26% of the electorate and breaks almost 3 to 1 towards the GOP is probably the stupidest thing I have ever heard in my life.

Maybe we should just give up on the south as well and fall back to conservatism’s last redoubt in Oklahoma and Kansas.


11 posted on 11/20/2008 5:34:55 PM PST by DiogenesLaertius
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To: lancer256

The republican party - agree on anything?
The republican party - come together and vote in a bloc?
It just ain’t gonna happen.
Too many splinters.
Too many haters.
Too many one-issue voters.
It’s like herding cats.
We are therefore doomed.
“We have seen the enemy and he is us.” - pogo


12 posted on 11/20/2008 5:35:13 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: puroresu

yeah...he was such a Gergen


13 posted on 11/20/2008 5:37:27 PM PST by ari-freedom (So this is how Liberty dies... with thunderous applause)
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To: sionnsar

yeah I’m not going to fight to give tax cuts for people who want to kill babies.


14 posted on 11/20/2008 5:39:05 PM PST by ari-freedom (So this is how Liberty dies... with thunderous applause)
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah; NYer; MeekOneGOP

Ping.
Get a load of this nonsense...


15 posted on 11/20/2008 5:39:47 PM PST by DirtyHarryY2K (Don't blame Texas.. No more RINO's or Mavericks)
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To: lancer256

She wants to boot 25-40% of the Party in hopes of gaining a couple percent of the middle. Brilliant!


16 posted on 11/20/2008 5:40:10 PM PST by Ingtar (For the first time in my adult life, I am NOT proud of America.)
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To: Tarpon

Right after the election, the gay barbarians are on the rampage again. They are attacking and invading churches and now we hear that the dating service E Harmony was just forced by a judge to offer a website to the homosexuals even though there are plenty of gay dating services already.

The social issues are not going away. It is obvious that the crazies are just going to get more crazy and in-your-face. They will not quit until life is absolutely intolerable.

People who do not understand the importance of social issues are without vision. Man does not live by bread alone. It is not just about the economy. Unfortunely there are too many people in both the Democrat and Republican parties who just don’t get it.


17 posted on 11/20/2008 5:41:52 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Grunthor

The GOP is a drag on Christianity.

Only somewhat less so than the DemonRATs.

From what I can tell, a majority in BOTH parties disagree with the following.

* Abortion is MURDER

* Euthanasia is MURDER

* Homosexual behavior is a SIN.

* Divorce for any other reason than sexual impurity is SIN.

* If a man will not work, neither should he eat.


18 posted on 11/20/2008 5:42:13 PM PST by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: jveritas
Evangelicals essential to the Republican Party.

This is absolutely correct but it's also a simple fact that the Republican party needs RINOS to win elections.

19 posted on 11/20/2008 5:44:09 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: lancer256
"we've lost a majority of women over this issue as they have become one-issue voters."

Ah, I see... It's OK if women are one-issue voters over abortion, but bad if conservatives and evangelicals are.

I'm a pro-life conservative atheist who is disgusted at the cr*p piled on "the religious right" by the media, RINOs, and libs.

20 posted on 11/20/2008 5:44:18 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he’ll give us the shaft.)
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