The Republicans did not make a big deal of moral or “cultural” issues during the last election. Little was said about abortion. Conservatives were well-behaved when it came to gay marriage. Unlike previous elections, Republicans–including social conservatives who care a great deal about these issues–pretty much left them alone.
But the Democrats, in contrast, did run on moral and cultural issues. They attacked conservatives for opposing abortion and gay marriage. They went further, scaring the general public that the Republicans would outlaw birth control and enslave women.
So we have reached the point at which conservative moral issues are political losers and liberal moral issues–gay marriage, abortion on demand–are political winners.
So what now for social conservatives?