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Social Conservatives: GOP Can't Live Without Them

Mountain Rose Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 9:30 AM
Reagan wasn't considered very conservative when he ran for his first term. He had signed pro-abortion legislation as Governor of California, and had been a past president of the Screen Actors Guild, a labor union. He grew into being a conservative, as I suspected Romney would have done.
One of the largest elephants in the GOP's post-election room is the fate of Christian and other social conservatives. Party honchos can't just wish this problem away -- or, maybe they can.

There has been increasing hostility toward Christian involvement in politics, and the animus hasn't been solely from the left. To be sure, Democrats have taken the lead, demonizing conservative Christians as science-challenged scolds who don't care about women's "reproductive rights," but there is plenty of antipathy from certain elements within the Republican Party, as well.

Many establishment and some libertarian Republicans have long looked upon Christian conservatives with mild, condescending...