points out the American Conservative:
Isn’t Ron Paul a social conservative? He opposes abortion, gay marriage and promiscuous sex, he has never been divorced and certainly supports family values, but he believes in limited government. Two of his brothers are ministers. Why then are evangelical leaders now opting for Santorum, and before him Gingrich? The one big area of disagreement with Ron Paul is war; foreign wars and the domestic one against drugs. For this they oppose him. Santorum supports unending war in Afghanistan, backing Israel without limit and a new war against Iran.
Earlier there was a major far leftist candidate who supported all the issues that evangelicals oppose, and was a vocal proponent for expanding Israeli settlements on the West Bank and promoting the war on Iraq. He was overjoyed when open homosexuality became allowed in the military, he supports abortion, gay marriage and the leftist agenda for big, intrusive government; power to labor unions as well as expanded, unconstitutional police powers within the U.S. Evangelicals adore him and went all out to support him 2006, when he lost his primary race and ran as an independent for the Senate. He is Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut.
It’s mighty hard to see much of a difference between Evangelicals and conservative Catholics on this score. They even go mushy for Obama when he starts dropping bombs. And no small party of Gingrich’s appeal is his damp-handed chickenhawk bellicosity. Besides tapping into the id of the Thing That Used to be Conservatism with his roars of outrage at the press, his standing O applause line was all about how to deal with ‘enemies’: “KILL THEM!” (quoting the man whose enemies included thousands of defenseless Indians he sent off on the death march called the Trail of Tears). Good Christian folk don’t have a lot of use for “Love your enemies” these days.