Is the GOP actually listening to Meghan McCain’s advice? Or do they just happen to be following her strategy? A recognizable softening on the issue of gay marriage appears to be underway inside the Republican party. And not because conservatives are suddenly lining up to watch to men screw. Rather, fewer people have the time to give a shit about an issue that, they’re finally realizing, doesn’t actually affect them.
Without gay marriage as the decisive issue it once was, which drew voters to the polls to get GOP candidates elected, Republicans are rethinking the strategy, reports the Times. Americans are worried about jobs, health care, the economy, putting their kids through school. If Lisa wants the right to visit Tina in the hospital when she’s dying, who cares?
Well the evidence says fewer and fewer people care. While 31 percent of people over age 40 support gay marriage according to a new NYT/CBS poll, 57 percent under age 40 said they did.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a socially conservative Republican, makes firm his stance on gay marriage, but might just leave it alone during his 2012 presidential run.
And then there’s former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who backs civil unions but not gay marriage. Failed presidential candidate Guiliani is gearing up for a New York gubernatorial run, and only last week made clear he would make gay marriage a wedge issue. Except, what’s this? Suddenly, some soft back-tracking: “Right now, people are not concerned about issues like gay marriage because they are concerned about the economy. … The Republican party does best organizing itself around economic issues and issues of national security,” adding he didn’t think (paraphrases the Times) “it made much sense for Republicans to be harping on the issue if the party had any serious interest in returning to power.”
Make up your mind, Rudy. In the meantime, the rest of your ilk are wising up to the new America. Join us?