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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Marriage Equality

There was a touching moment when the SCOTUS legitimized same sex marriage across the country.  S.E. Cupp, a conservative talking head on cable news, was near tears when she said that the GOP had to get on the right side of history, because the people advocated for marriage equality were "patriots."  Indeed, the movement for marriage equality was in many ways a conservative movement, as LGBT people were simply asking to join a fairly conservative institution.  And - if you're under 50 - chances are you feel pretty great about this, or at least you don't care.

But the problem Cupp was touching on is real for the GOP.  They have to cater to a narrow (and narrow minded) group of aging religious conservatives.  It's noteworthy that many young evangelicals supported same sex marriage.  The GOP is aging itself out of competitiveness in national elections.  Because cities are overwhelming younger and browner than the country side, the GOP will continue to control the House beyond their popular vote count.

When the GOP runs against marriage equality and immigration and Obamacare, they are quickly alienating huge swaths of the population.  That will not win them the White House.

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