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Scapegoating Conservatives

Ramesh Ponnuru wrote a great piece at National Review today on how social moderates in the Republican Party are blaming social conservatives for the recent election drought.

In 2002 and 2004, Republicans ran hard on social issues and the courts — and scored victories at every level of politics. In 2006 and 2008, they left those issues off the table, and got walloped. It follows, naturally, that the social issues are to blame for the Republican defeats.

At least, that’s the conclusion that a chorus of commentators has reached. They are attempting to persuade Republicans to soften or downplay their party’s social conservatism and hide its social conservatives in order to resume winning elections. About this campaign to sideline the social Right, three things can be said with a fairly high degree of confidence: It is predictable; it will fail; and it is wrong...
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Anonymous said...

Do you suppose Sarah Palin was chosen to prove K. Parker's point, but the plan backfired?

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