Well, the short answer is no. The long answer is Hell No!
There are some rumblings in the Republican Party that, heck, we won! Let’s turn back the damage that four years of liberalism has done on social issues.
Republicans won on fiscal conservatism. Social issues were never on the radar. Democrats tried, and continue to try, to turn the conversation to social issues like abortion and gay marriage. Democrats know that they have the upper hand on emotional issues. When logic and common sense give way to hysterical emotions, Democrats win every time. They own the emotional arguments.
For example, any Conservative who objects to abortion on moral grounds is labeled a right wing extremist. Worse, they are branded as woman haters or bigots. “Keep your hands off our bodies” they cry. (Yet they support the TSA’s hands on their bodies.)
Logic dictates that if one objects to abortion on moral or religious grounds that the details of conception are irrelevant. Yet the left somehow has convinced people that “rape” and “incest” must be exceptions, or you are even more of an extremist. Life is either sacred or it’s not.
Yet that argument is settled in the minds of most Americans. We must have exceptions and anyone who does not believe that is a right wing extremist.
The strong suit of the left is emotional issues and once any argument becomes emotion driven, logic (and sanity) is removed.
On most fiscal issues, logic wins. Try as they might, the Democrats will have no luck branding Republicans as obstructionists in the Senate for forcing Harry Reid to deal with the Tax Cuts and funding the government in this lame duck session. It is hard to imagine a lot of people being outraged that Republicans are insisting on dealing with how much we will be paying in taxes in 4 weeks before dealing with yet another arms treaty with the Russians.
Even gays in the military stand to lose a lot of money if the Bush Tax Cuts are allowed to expire. Only the most militant among them believe that issue to be a higher priority.
No, Republicans. Let’s leave the social issues off the table. They have a way of turning the conversation away from the important fiscal issues and towards emotional ones.
Jerry Brown won in California by making an emotional immigration situation the main topic. And witchcraft was the major topic in Delaware. My hat is off to the left on this brilliant move. People are still shaking their heads on how Democrats managed to pull that off. (But I suppose they had Republican help.)
In last year’s Virginia governor’s race the Democrats tried to move the conversation away from fiscal issues and policy to an emotional one about a decades old thesis. To his credit, Bob McDonnell stayed on message and ignored the crazy emotional circus. The result? A landslide victory for McDonnell.
And we may never know how much the firing of Juan Williams impacted the races in 2010. In the final days of the elections, while the candidates were making their final push, the Conservative news shows were locked in on Williams and NPR. There is no doubt that there would have been many more losses for the Democrats had the right maintained focus on the races instead of getting sidetracked.
Social issues are a major side track and must be avoided at all cost if we are going to fix the more pressing problem this country faces – like economic solvency.