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Sat Nov 9, 2013, 11:17 PM

"How New Wedge Issues Are Dividing the Right"

How New Wedge Issues Are Dividing the Right

Posted by David Callahan at Demos

http://www.demos.org/blog/11/7/13/how-new-wedge-issues-are-dividing-right

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Now it's exactly such strong stances that end up dividing conservatives, with LGBT rights as a prime example. Just look at what's happening in Washington, with the employment discrimination bill that passed the Senate today.

The bill picked up just enough Republican votes to pass and now goes to the House. It's an important measure that extends crucial workplace protections to LGBT workers, and that's the main reason to cheer. But bringing the bill to a vote was also brilliant politics, since its passage now puts House Republicans in a very difficult—and increasingly familiar—situation: They can either side with their far-right members to block the bill, thereby further underscoring the GOP's reputation for intolerance—which alientates young, female, educated and nonwhite voters—or they can anger major elements of the conservative base, evangelical Christians and older Tea Party activists.

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Who knows what will happen next. The interesting thing here is the reversal of political fortunes, with the right now fighting for unity on social issues (and economic ones, too) as moderates and ideologues pull the party in different directions.

No sooner will the fight over the discrimination bill subside than immigration reform will move back front and center—another worthy cause, but also another wedge issue that Democrats are exploiting to separate the crazies from the rest of the party.




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Sat Nov 9, 2013, 11:42 PM

1. good

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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 12:03 AM

2. I love the infighting

But wonder if When a turd cannibalizes itself does it sh*t out sh*t?

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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 08:27 AM

3. It's about time!

More popcorn, please!

-Laelth

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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 08:31 AM

4. I am particularly fond of this part.

I'm quoting it for the benefit of several of my "friends."

Playing to that base on social issues used to be compatible with winning elections. Indeed, divisive appeals on these issues helped mobilize the conservative base and affect electoral outcomes as recently as 2004, when gay marriage ballot initiatives were used to draw more evangelicals to the polls in swing states like Ohio. That game plan is no longer effective as Americans overall have embraced more progressive cultural values—a trend related to generational change and the fact that the nation's population has become better educated and more cosmopolitan in the past two decades.




-Laelth

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