In a wide-ranging interview with the Washington Blade, Steve Schmidt, chief strategist for U.S. Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign, “urged Republicans to steer clear of divisive social issues if they are to remain viable candidates”
I think the Republican Party should not be seen by a broad majority of the electorate as focused with singularity on issues like gay marriage. . . . The attitudes of voters about gay marriage and about domestic partnership benefits for gay couples are changing very rapidly and for voters under the age of 30, they are completely disconnected from what has been Republican orthodoxy on these issues.
Exactly.Â He has a lot more to say on the issues (so read the whole thing), but I wish to focus on this, one of the things our party needs to do to win back its majority–avoid making social issues the focus.Â It’s why, I believe, we should put the focus on the taxes, spending and national security.Â If we do address social issues, say we believe they should be resolved by elected legislatures not appointed judges.
The most important thing is to avoid even the appearance that our leadership has made social issues their defining ideology.
Personally, I wish more Republicans would do as Utah’s GOP Governor John Huntsman (perhaps following the lead of his Nutmeg State counterpart) has done (as Schmidt points out) and come out in favor of state recognition of same-sex civil unions.
(H/t GayPatriot Reader Mr. Moderate)