“I think the president this past week took six or seven states he carried in 2008 and put them in play with this one ill-conceived position [support for gay marriage] that he’s taking.” Gary Bauer on CNN.
“I’ve gotten calls from pastors across the nation, white and black pastors, who have said, ‘You know what? I’m not sitting on the sidelines anymore.'” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, also on CNN.
I don’t agree with Bauer and Perkins on much, but I worry that these two far-right leaders are onto something.
Voters don’t want to have settled matters, like contraception, re-opened and re-litigated. But they don’t want to have unsettled matters treated as if they’re a done deal either. You have to meet voters where they are, and you can’t drag them back into the past like Mitt or into the future like Obama.