Despite their loyalty to the GOP, traditionally, after national losses, social conservatives feel like the whipping boy of GOP critics.This scapegoating, according to the article, is somewhat peculiar and unfair, seen most recently in Miss California's and Obama's similar views on same-sex marriage. The article, however, ends with this dose of reality:
"That's the pattern that has emerged over the last couple of decades," said Perkins, who heads the Family Research Council. "People want to find an easy excuse for the GOP's failures and they try to point to the social conservative issues and by extension social conservatives."
In the end, the GOP leadership will likely not move away from social conservatives anytime soon. They are aware of the coalition math. A divorce between the Christian right and the GOP would leave Republicans in ruin.Sen. Snowe is absolutely correct that the Republican party cannot survive without conservatives, and logically, social conservatives. The problem, however is that in the current political climate, fairly or unfairly, independents and moderates are not as interested in socially conservative issues - they are not priority concerns. At the same time, the progressive nature of the younger generations will only heighten this disconnect.
This is why, despite the heightened rhetoric today, [Gary] Bauer is skeptical of any divide between the GOP and its largest bloc.
"I'm not concerned that they could actually be that stupid," Bauer said. "There are whole areas of the country where the only reason the Republicans are competitive are because of values and social issues."