....the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh.Jonah Goldberg predictably takes exception.
Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth -- as long as we're setting ourselves free -- is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among the party intelligentsia, one would hear precisely that.
And Kevin Drum notes that denial from the GOP may not be their best plan,
There will always be plenty of votes for a culturally conservative party. That's not the problem. The problem is the venomous, spittle-flecked, hardcore cultural conservatism that's become the public face of the evangelical wing of the GOP. It's the wing that doesn't just support more stringent immigration laws, but that turns the issue into a hate fest against La Raza, losing 3 million Latino votes in the process. It's the wing that isn't just a little skittish about gay marriage, but that turns homophobia into a virtual litmus test, losing 6 million young voters in the process. It's the wing that isn't just religious, but that treats belief as a precondition to righteousness, losing 2 million secular voters in the process. It's the wing that isn't just nostalgic for old traditions, but that fetishizes the heartland as the only real America, losing 7 million urban voters in the process. It's the wing that goes into a legislative frenzy over Terry Schiavo but six months later can barely rouse itself into more than a yawn over the destruction of New Orleans.As I've noted time and again, the nation's demographics no longer work for a 'whites only' party. Yet many of the 'rank and file' members of the GOP have responded with increasing ugliness. Rove tried to simultaneously reach out to non-whites and turn up the gas on the cultural issues (gay marriage bans, stem cell research bans) that turn off those very voters then need to piece together a national coalition.
Republicans can delude themselves with their own view of the last 8 years until the end of time. But the bottom line for the GOP is that they have lost 4 of the 5 Presidential elections since the end of the cold war, and had to move heaven and earth for the single win. And the demographics only get worse for the GOP over time. Does any thinking member of the Republican party think a Sarah Palin will appeal to America in 2016?