Despite the left's greatest attempts to try to say otherwise, in the American Spectator online today, G. Tracy Meehan points out that social conservatives did not cost Sen. John McCain the presidency in the past election.
In fact, Mr. Meehan points out that social conservatives are the Republican party's most loyal set of voters. Much more than social and or economic libertarians and even better than national security voters.
Mr. Meehan points out that it is very true that a coalition has to add new members. But, one does not throw out the successful parts of that coalition in vain hopes that somehow the new parts of this coalition will offset those that are chased out.
Here is a difference between conservatives and liberals.
Conservatives do debate each other on critical issues. No doubt that there are many conservatives that support same-sex marriage and those who support traditional marriage. Same with the life issue. Some conservatives are genuinely pro-choice and obviously some are pro-life. Some like big government conservatism, many conservatives do not.
Because we have these debates, people on the other side assume we are going to come apart at the seems. And, for a time we might. But overall, conservatives unite on core issues. And, scapegoating is very easy after an election like the one that we just concluded.
But, we will unite when the time is right and that will be 2010, just in time for the congressional mid-term elections.