Ben...The GOP issue was not the free market, lower taxes, or streamlined regulation. In fact, Mitt Romney's economic message was pretty much spot on (although Paul Ryan's more ardent line is even better). The real problem arose from the social right that has become an issue for many in this country. We cannot come at problems like illegal immigration and gay marriage from a perspective of hate. Instead, we must come to them with compassion for our fellow human beings. We should be pro-legal immigration, not anti-illegal immigrants. We should be pro-traditional marriage not anti-gay marriage.