Deal Hudson: "A Warning to the GOP"
Deal Hudson writes at InsideCatholic:
In an op-ed published after the election, former Governor of New Jersey Christine Todd Whitman wrote, "Unless the Republican Party ends its self-imposed captivity to social fundamentalists, it will spend a long time in the political wilderness."
And who are these "social fundamentalists?" In Whitman's political lexicon, they are "the people who base their votes on such social issues as abortion, gay rights, and stem cell research."
When I read Whitman's column I had three thoughts:
1. Why is she putting the label "fundamentalist" on fellow Republican voters?
2. Does she know she's also talking about Catholic voters who consider non-negotiable issues before casting their ballot?
3. Is she asking Catholic and Evangelical voters who care deeply about these issues to leave the party and declare themselves independent?
It's remarkable that someone who considers herself a leader in the GOP would go out of her way to antagonize millions of voters who have been dependable Republicans for over three decades.
Whitman and the other GOP leaders who have made post-election stabs at social and religious conservatives had better start minding their manners. Whatever happened to the "Big Tent"? The Republican Party may find itself hemorrhaging its most zealous constituency.