Social Conservatives to the Back of the GOP Bus, Again
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, who is chairman of the Republican Governors Association and who is also thinking of running for president, has now endorsed the call of another potential presidential candidate, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, for a campaign moratorium on social issues. Of course, there is no reason to believe that the GOP will take action on issues that its candidates don't even want to talk about. Would Barbour or Daniels or any other GOP bigwig ever endorse a campaign moratorium on economic issues or foreign policy?
Barbour's statement follows former GOP chairman Ken Mehlman's recent announcement that he is gay and is now fundraising to support gay marriage, an effort supported by the manager of John McCain's presidential campaign, Steve Schmidt. Of course, the legal case for gay marriage is being made by George W. Bush's solicitor general, Ted Olson. How long will social conservatives continue to play Charlie Brown to the GOP's Lucy, or will they eventually learn something from the fact that the football is pulled away every time they go to kick it?