While I agree that shifting toward conservative principles and acting like real conservatives would help more than it would hurt, I argue that there are some points of view on which public opinion has already been shifted to the liberal point of view, and that further efforts by conservatives are counterproductive.
Abortion is the law of the land, and while sane people are appalled at the process, it is a political loser. Every conservative can say "it is not the path I would choose" and then S T F U.
Gay marriage turns my stomach --- but at the end of the day, who cares what these degenerates do behind closed doors? The issue is a loser for the right...Shut UP.