Having made part of my living in politics for a long time and being a political junky at heart, I always listen in on political arguments, even if they don’t involve me.
When I was a Mayor, one of the most common threats people made was, “If you do that, I’ll see to it you don’t win reelection.” Politicians hear this every day.
If people knew how often it is said to elected officials, they would know how ridiculous it sounds to them. Many times, the elected position is not the end all of the official’s life. Then, politicians regularly have to make decisions that make some groups unhappy so the threats are a normal as having breakfast.
One such threat I read on Christian sites is from politically active religious conservatives. They are threatening to leave the GOP if it drops fights against gay marriage and abortion. “You need us to win elections,” is stated in various ways.
The phrase, “to win elections” is loaded with question marks. The combination of business interests and religious interests are not winning Presidential elections.
The opportunity is there for Republicans to win the Presidency without the religious right. First, it needs to encourage a split among religious conservatives. Second, it needs a platform of fiscal conservatism and moderation on God, abortion and gays. This kind of platform will steal enough votes from Democrats to offset loses from social conservatives.
The line in the sand will backfire on social conservatives.
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