I’ve been saying for a while now that the Republican party is in a real bind. Shifts in demographics and public opinion are going to force them to moderate their positions on issues like gay rights and immigration, but doing so will inevitably mean that a portion of the religious right leaves for a third party. The Worldnetdaily is promoting a book that may herald the beginning of that exodus:
For over 30 years Christians in politics have been considered synonymous with the “religious right” and the “conservative base of the Republican Party.” But now a pair of authors is challenging the assumption that backing the GOP remains Christians’ best bet for advancing their values.
“This question was actually first raised by Joseph Farah himself four years ago in his book, ‘None of the Above,’” author and nationally syndicated radio host Steve Deace told WND. “In his book, he outlined the insanity of rallying behind John McCain, who had spent decades trying to sabotage everything conservatives care about.
“For some Christians, being Republican is synonymous with being Baptist or Catholic or Methodist,” Deace continued. “The Republican Party has preyed on that. We believe it’s time to advance principles over party. Becoming a subsidiary of the Republican Party has been a colossal failure.” …
The book contains exclusive interviews with some of biggest names in faith and politics to find out – in their own words – whether Christians teaming with Republicans has actually advanced a conservative agenda … or stonewalled it…“Many patriots are scratching their heads and wondering how it’s possible to be stuck with ‘Obamney’ as a nominee right after so much progress was made electing principled grassroots patriots in 2010. This book answers that question,” Deace continued. “Romney isn’t the issue; he’s just the next well-funded hack to take advantage of a paradigm that sets us up for failure, and we’ve seen this play out many times.
“Ronald Reagan was the aberration,” Deace explained. “Ford, both Bushes, Dole, McCain and Romney are pretty much cut from the same cloth. … All of them were Republicrats, the ying to the ruling class’ Democrat yang. At best, they will better manage the decay, but at other times, actually advance it. We get what the left wants, either at breakneck speed or in a steady jog. If we do not heed the words of this book – most of them from some of the leading conservative activists and thinkers in the country – we will be stuck with another Mitt McCain or George W. Dole again in 2016.”
The interviews in the book include some of the looniest and most dangerous voices on the right, including some who are outright Christian Reconstructionists, like Bob Enyart, Roy Moore and John Lofton. Many of them have already left the Republican Party for the Constitution Party, which is openly dominionist in its views.
Now, I don’t think a huge chunk of the religious right is going to leave the GOP. But if it’s even 10-20%, that’s a lot of votes to have to replace in order to remain politically viable. And I think that’s entirely plausible, especially with a Mormon at the head of the ticket.