Skip to comments.Republicans MIA on Social Issues, Conservatives Must Lead
Posted on 09/08/2012 5:58:03 PM PDT by xzins
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The campaigns in which social issues had more than just a brief mention were Reagan 1, Reagan 2, GHW Bush 1, GWBush 1, GWBush2, and SarahPalin. (Actually, Jimmy Carter belongs in here since he ran as an evangelical Christian, but I’ll leave him out.)
Sarah almost pulled it out for John McCain until his white knight stunt with the financial meltdown. Then they spent their time sniping at her and trying to quiet her down.
Ford, GHW Bush2, Dole, and McCain were all fiscal with little mention of social.
When Republicans run on both fiscal and social they win.
Bill Kristol wrote the same thing today! Kristol says Romney better speak up soon. So far, he draws no contrast that moves the needle to his favor. He says Romney is back to his pre Ryan pattern.
Translation: “boring” everyone senseless, while the country dies.
Now, there's a response which should resonate with all conservatives!
Phony divide between fiscal, social issues
...the social issue of marriage and its importance to our society has become a tremendous fiscal issue. The problem of marriage absence is now costing the taxpayers even more than national defense.
The reason the GOP convention avoided issues is because we are running a candidate who’s words and actions are contrary to the platform. What issues could they mention, abortion [I will always protect a woman’s right to choose.], gay marriage oh not that, same sex adoptions no again. Lets see we could try religious freedom but people might remember his trying to force Catholic hospitals to do abortions. ObamaCare oh no that darn RomneyCare. Respect for the military,[ My sons are serving this Country by campaigning for me.] Etc. etc. etc. Romney has to run a boring campaign, there are too many issues that can’t mention.
I call it the Seinfeld campaign: A show about nothing.
Great analogy, but I wish the situation wasn’t so serious.
“LOL - the 2006 and 2008 elections were NOT lost because social issues Republicans didnt go to the polls. The 2012 election will not be won entirely on social issues, either.”
Social issues were tangential to 2010 as well.
His point is well taken, though, the moderates run content-free bloodless campaign that drain enthusiasm. It’s not #1 issue, but you make it part of the appeal. Millions of prolife catholics will vote Romney/Ryan if they are catered to. They may do something idiotic if, you know, we dont campaign or only talk about business formation which, gosh, not everybody has as their #1 issue.
“I didnt hear anyone mention Romney, nor the economy. All that energy to be tapped, but its going to waste. The GOP is too embarrassed by social conservatism and traditional values, it seems. Quite a change from 20-25 years ago.”
2004 Bush wasnt afraid to sue it - he ran on SCOTUS, on marriage, on life....
“The assumption is apparently that the anti-Obama sentiment is automatically going to transfer into an avid pro-Romney groundswell, but I wouldnt bet the farm on it. From what I see, its just creating a more angry, more alienated anti-politician attitude, and folks who increasingly believe they have no voice.”
Sounds like a Tea party rally.
I am frustrated more with “pure” conservatives who are looking for perfect candidates. I got news for them...there is no such candidates who can win elections.
My evidence: Joe Miller in AK, Doug Hoffman in NY-23,
Sharron Angle in NV, Christine O’Donell in DE, Ken Buck in CO, JD Hayworth in AZ were all good conservatives, but could’nt get elected. Todd Akin will be next to join them.
I see constant griping against Romney/Ryan ticket from self anointed conservatives on this site. So let them have a few SCOTUS appointees by Obama and stew in that cesspool for 30 years.
Please post the link.
Col. West was first out with a GOP ad capitalizing on Antonio Villaraigosa (just following orders on the teleprompter), God, and the Democrat Party.
Have you checked out Romney’s judical appointment record?
No need to. Nobody can be worse than Kagan, Sotomayor & Ginsburg.
Me too - and in the other 93% of my votes I'll go for the one that's the least commie...
No, there isn’t a perfect conservative candidate. But an R after the elected’s name adds up to hold the majority....that carries more power in the House and the Senate. Even a RINO is of some value. We have to continue to apply pressure to get what we want done.
As far as SCOTUS goes, the USA won’t last 30 years with the Dems in power.
So the choice is between Barack and Barack Lite.
It appears that the GOP is basically supporting Barack — they’re definitely NOT conservative.
No, but it can certainly be lost there. The Republican Party must find a way to get its social base to the polls. "He's not Obama" might but it for some, but certainly not for everyone.
We can and must multitask. Social conservatism is the basis for conservatism since it teaches us the difference between right and wrong.
I'd hate to think it's nothing more than a marketing gimmick, like the way the GOP call themselves Republicans, but don't really seem to give a rat's ass about the republic.
Before you pontificate your uninformed views, go see the movie 2016 and learn a few “FACTS”. Then we can have an intelligent debate.
I am a senior and a self made man. I already have enough sense to know the difference between the radical socialist from Chicago and the businessman who made more money on his own than all the posters on FR combined.
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