One Small Point About Social Conservatives and the Election

| November 9, 2012 | 1 Reply

I don’t have a huge point here, but I want to leave one little fact on which we may want to gnaw like a meaty thigh bone for a few days. Erick Erikson wrote a post at Red State in which he said this:

It is time to throw the social conservatives out of the GOP. Look at what they got us — Barack Obama. It was the social conservatives who did it. They insisted the GOP support real marriage and children. To hell with that.

I’m getting this, in various forms, from lots of tea party activists. The GOP establishment in Washington is whispering it to each other. They look at Todd Aiken and Richard Mourdock and conclude that they, not Tommy Thompson, Heather Wilson, George Allen, Scott Brown, etc. are the problem.

It is time to get rid of the social conservatives.

What’s really going on here is that the people who voted Republican, but who disagree with pro-lifers and defenders of marriage, have decided it must be those issues. They can’t see how what happened actually happened unless it happened because the issues on which they disagree with the base played a role.

Here in Maryland, we had a ballot initiative called Question 6, which would legalize gay marriage. As such things go, it was a fairly mild question with protections for religious objections that passed pretty handily, 51.9% to 48.1%. Now for my little fact.

The “against” vote, where you’d expect to see the social conservatives represented, drew 1,168,572 votes as of this evening (the results are still unofficial on the web site). Mitt Romney got 905,352 votes, over 263,000 fewer.

I’m not going to read much into that; others who are much wiser than I can handle that (and I’m very sure they will). I’ll only note that the big social conservative issue on the Maryland ballot drew more attention from the SoCons than Mitt Romney did.

By a lot.

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