The Case for Social Conservative Issues

The National Review recently came out with an article that rebuked the Republican Party for their treatment of social conservatives and made the case for why their issues need to be the focus in the coming elections.

I wonder if this means they will throw Mitt Romney under the bus next time around?

From ex-governors Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney to congressional leaders John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, most national GOP leaders seem more convinced than ever that social issues should remain on the back burner as the party seeks to rebuild for the future.

That calculus, however, may be a big mistake.

What this means for the elections of 2010 and 2012 should be clear. The present crop of GOP leaders will need to do what they have never done and move social issues front and center. The challenge involves more than simply resisting elite efforts to deconstruct matrimony and keep the abortion industry alive and kicking. It means fully recognizing the interplay between the economic and social conservatism that the party claims to represent, and holding up what Goldman terms “impoverished demography” as the key domestic concern of the 21st century.

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