Janet M. LaRue

The Obama administration, predictably, is not calling a “truce on social issues,” as Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) suggested that the next president should do.

Daniels reportedly told Andrew Ferguson of the Weekly Standard last year that the next president, whoever he is, “would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues. We’re going to just have to agree to get along for a little while,” until the economic issues are resolved. Daniels didn’t back down when challenged by a few fellow Republicans as recently as last March.

Republican candidates have mostly heeded Daniels’ naive advice instead of going on offense against Obama on social issues, including freedom of religion. The GOP could easily make the case that moral and family issues have a crucial impact on government spending and the economy. Because Obama can’t defend his record on jobs and the economy, he is using social issues to pander to his leftist base, wasting taxpayer dollars and increasing federal debt.

Obama rebuked Republican candidates for “trying to make the fight about social issues that stir up their base” in his speech to feminists at the National Women's Law Center's Annual Awards Dinner on Nov. 9. He advocated more federal funding of Planned Parenthood and criticized congressional Republicans for trying to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider and remove abortion subsidies from Obamacare:

“Instead of working to boost our economy, they’re out there spending time trying to defund Planned Parenthood and prevent millions of women from getting basic health care that they desperately need –– pap smears and breast exams. (Applause.)

“That is not the right direction for this country. These folks know they can’t win on the big issues, so they’re trying to make the fight about social issues that stir up their base. They’re spending their time trying to divide this country against itself rather than coming together to lift up our country.”

This is a classic Saul Alinsky tactic: Accuse your opponents of the very thing you are doing.

Janet M. LaRue

Jan LaRue is Senior Legal Analyst with the American Civil Rights Union; former Chief Counsel at Concerned for Women; Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council; and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. Be the first to read Janet LaRue's column. Sign up today and receive Townhall.com delivered each morning to your inbox.