Gov. Huckabee: Without Social Conservatives, the GOP Is Irrelevant
by Charles Lemos, Fri May 08, 2009 at 09:55:23 PM EDT
In an interview with the Visalia Times-Delta, former Arkansas Governor and GOP candidate for President Mike Huckabee suggests that without social conservatives the Republican Party will be as irrelevant as the extinct Whigs. Problem there is that with social conservatives in the GOP, the Republicans are as vibrant and up-to-date as the Know Nothing party.
Here's what I find: People that are social conservatives are also economic conservatives. But a lot of the economic conservatives are not social conservatives. Throw the social conservatives the pro-life, pro-family people overboard and the Republican party will be as irrelevant as the Whigs [the short-lived 19th century political party].
They'll basically be a party of gray-haired old men sitting around the country club puffing cigars, sipping brandy and wondering whatever happened to the country. That will be the end of the party.
Because the energy that is supplied for knocking on doors and working neighborhoods and getting out the vote, it comes from people who are passionate about human life and about traditional marriage. Those are the same people that believe in national security, less government and lower taxes.
I see people saying, "Well, we don't really want to get into these issues like Úlife'." You do that and you lose the evangelicals, you lose the Catholics, you lose basically a whole lot of people who aren't even religious but through common sense know that that's a ridiculous position to take and call yourself conservative.
Being the party of failed economic doctrines and the party of no and isn't exactly a winning proposition but couple that with being the party of hate and it is likely to be fatal or perhaps better put the party of 30%.