The Republicans have not asked for my advice. And I am quite sure that they will ignore any advice that I give. Still, they do seem to be in a quandary, so I will offer my advice anyway.
I suppose I should be suggesting a 12-step program, but I will content myself with two steps:
- Adopt a pro-choice position on abortion. This should actually be a no-brainer. It fits with the traditional Republican view of favoring a small government.
- Welcome the log cabin Republicans into the party, and pay attention to what they say. Decisions on gay marriage should, in the main, be left to the culture and not controlled by politics. Again, this fits with the traditional Republican view of small government.
This will, of course, be a painful step. The Republicans will lose those conservative evangelical Christians from their party base. But that is actually the point of my suggestions.
The Republicans made a Faustian bargain when it went after the Christian coalition. And that has been destroying the soul of their party. They need a clean break.
The Republican party has become addicted to those evangelical votes. And, like all addicts, it has been destroying itself from the inside as it seeks more and more of what it is addicted to. As they have been following the demands of their addiction, they have managed to piss off more and more of the American people.
So I am suggesting that they break that addiction by going cold turkey.
Sure, they will lose the next election if they do this. But it is surely better to do it now and cede the 2014 midterm election, with the possibility that they might be able to recover well enough to be competitive in the 2016 presidential election.