1976. 1980. 1984. 1988. 1992. 1996. 2000. 2004. 2008. Will they (SET ITAL) ever (END ITAL) stop saying this?
The absurdity of this is stunning, considering that on these same "social issues," there is almost no way President Obama can be further out on the other "extreme." Republicans are pro-life; Obama favors abortion for any reason, even after the baby is "accidentally" born during a botched abortion. Republicans are for marriage; Obama now openly lobbies for homosexual marriage as the far-left Democratic base is wandering toward "love is love" rhetoric that will naturally and eventually embrace polyamorous "marriages" of three or four or however many anyone wants.
But on these issues, The New York Times also stands on that extreme, bizarrely thinking that it is both on the cutting edge of "justice" and somehow in the mainstream. These and other journalists arrogantly believe they have the right and the authority to redefine and pervert our cultural norms, achieving an extreme revolution of sexual libertinism, all the while asserting they are the "mainstream."
Some version of Nagourney's 2012 article has been written or mouthed before every single Republican convention since 1976: "Some leaders expressed worry that the turn to contentious social issues in the days leading up to the Republican National Convention, where the party platform is likely to embrace a tough anti-abortion stance and strict curbs on immigration, could undercut the party's need to broaden its appeal. Many of them said they feared it was hastening a march to becoming a smaller, older, whiter and more male party."
This was also the Times' spin going into the 2010 midterms. The tea party was going to shrink the GOP and make it older, whiter and more male. Facts never get in the way of a good liberal-media story line.
Nagourney turned to the usual suspects. Former New York Gov. George Pataki "said he agreed with the Tea Party's principle of reducing taxes and the size of the government. But he said he was concerned that antigovernment sentiments advocated by some Tea Party activists could push it out of the political mainstream."
Sadly, Nagourney even found conservatives that seemed to support the ancient Times' spin.