They can't even credibly talk about education or prescription drugs. The not-so-conservative-on-those-issues George W. Bush gave them all they could have ever expected there -- though they'll never be satisfied when it comes to big-government "solutions" to problems. Either way, they can make noise about domestic spending, but it will be just that: noise.
So by all means, let's have a referendum on the economy, national security issues in general, and President Bush's performance as commander in chief. But why underemphasize the contrast in the parties' positions on the extremely important social issues, including abortion, same-sex marriage, religious liberty and judicial activism?
There is no doubt that Democratic presidential candidates have to be quite liberal on social issues because of their various constituencies. But are a majority of Americans truly on their side, or even if so, would they be if Republicans did a better job of getting their message out?
Do a majority of Americans believe in abortion on demand -- because when you get right down to it, that's what the leftists to which the Democrats have to cater advocate. Do they believe in permitting partial-birth abortion? Or would even the most callous among them believe in it if they knew the health of the mother is almost never an issue in that procedure?
Do a majority of Americans embrace the radical homosexual agenda, which requires that its opponents sometimes be denied their free speech and that Boy Scouts be denied the freedom to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions over their young male children?
Do a majority of Americans believe that unelected, unaccountable judges should overrule the democratically elected legislative branch on issues, especially social ones? Does the majority believe that God should be completely removed from the public square?
While Democrats have tried to portray George W. Bush as an extreme conservative, the real extremists among us are those disparate radical groups that together constitute the base of the Democratic Party.
Republicans shouldn't shy away from the social issues.