For the umpteenth time, the Religious Right is threatening to abandon the Republican Party
One of the many things that have made the Republican Party good for a few laughs in recent years is how its kookier elements are always threatening to pack their bags and leave.
It’s happening again, as we see HERE:
A group of social conservatives sent Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to the RNC’s annual spring meeting earlier this week with a stern warning: Hold firm on gay marriage opposition or risk us leaving the party.
In a letter addressed to Priebus and first obtained by NBC News, leaders of 13 Christian conservative groups made their demands on behalf of social conservatives.
“We respectfully warn GOP Leadership that an abandonment of its principles will necessarily result in the abandonment of our constituents to their support,” they wrote. “We could not change that even if we wished to.”
Priebus is in Los Angeles this week, where GOP leaders have gathered to take part in a three-day event to help determine the direction of the party. The spring meeting comes on the heels of the RNC’s “Growth and Opportunity Project” report, which sought to identify problem areas in the Republican Party following 2012 election losses. Some said the report encourages the GOP to step back from some of its more traditional social conservative views, like opposition to gay marriage, to expand its outreach.
The letter is the latest move by social conservatives to caution GOP leaders not to waver in their opposition to gay marriage, despite mounting evidence that it is becoming an unpopular political position.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee claimed last month that evangelicals “will take a walk” away from the GOP if the party pivots on gay marriage [see illustration above]. And earlier this week, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum cautioned Republicans that it would be “suicidal” for the GOP to embrace marriage equality.
But, of course, all this bluster raises a question: Where are the theocrats going to go? Will they start their own party? Yeah, lots of luck with that. In such a case, I suspect that most of them will return to the Republican fold in 2016 when it becomes apparent to them that their abandonment of the GOP will only enhance the likelihood that the evil Democratic ticket will prevail at the ballot box.
For the foreseeable future, the Republican Party and the Religious Right are stuck with each other — which, as I say, is cause for laughter among us libs.