Hot social issues that once fueled GOP are cooling off
The Kansas City Star
The Republicans may actually have to rebuild their party on substance instead of social issues.
What used to be hot with voters such as banning gay marriage and marijuana use appears to be cooling off. The GOP won’t get the political BTUs out of them anymore if Tuesday’s vote in some states is an indicator.
In Maine and Maryland, voters approved same-sex marriage, reversing a longstanding trend of states rejecting gay marriage. In Minnesota voters rejected a ban on same-sex marriage.
Voters in Washington state and Colorado on Tuesday also decided to legalize recreational use of marijuana. None of that medical mask for them.
These folks are clear that they want to smoke a blunt for fun and even pay the taxes to do so.
And then there was Todd Akin’s senate bid against Claire McCaskill. Akin and the GOP learned that Planned Parenthood and going against women’s health and well-being issues are lethal for any candidate or organization.
Republicans from now on will have to follow the smoke, the rice being tossed at new weddings and smart women to keep up with where today’s voters are headed. Following the fundamentalists now appears to have outlived its usefulness.
The change may make the Republicans in the House and Senate more agreeable to President Barack Obama’s plans to improve the economy and the nation. If they follow Obama instead of being obstructionists, the GOP may just get back on a winning course.
It couldn’t hurt for the Republicans to try.