Skip to comments.Evangelicals -- A Drag on or Essential to the GOP?
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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“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.
If the GOP thinks the Evangelicals are a drag, we can go elsewhere. Sayonara.
She has done zero harm because she is absolutely nobody. Those morons are only made important by political junkies.
I dare the GoP to keep moving left.
Ignore them again and see how it works.
Maybe we should all get together and form our own party ...
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.
I am hardly an Evangelical, but if the GOP abandons abortion as an issue (what’s this “focal point”?) my support drops further.
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.
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
yeah...he was such a Gergen
yeah I’m not going to fight to give tax cuts for people who want to kill babies.
Get a load of this nonsense...
She wants to boot 25-40% of the Party in hopes of gaining a couple percent of the middle. Brilliant!
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.
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.
This is absolutely correct but it's also a simple fact that the Republican party needs RINOS to win elections.
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.