No wonder conservatives don’t believe in evolution. The annual Values Voter Summit gives an interesting view into how the conservative mind works, or in some cases doesn’t.
People there are worried that Mitt Romney is losing the election. Well, duh. But of course they think that the problem is that he isn’t conservative enough. A leader of the American Family Association, which co-sponsors the event, complained about the speech by Paul Ryan “He didn’t say one single word about marriage. This is the safest environment in the United States of America to talk about marriage. I’ve got to believe that that came from on top. Marriage won 61-39 in North Carolina—in 2012! That’s in a state that President Obama won in 2008. Marriage is a winner. It’s just a mystery to me that they won’t touch this thing.”
He seriously thinks that the reason they are losing support is because Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan aren’t complaining about gay marriage enough.
Social conservatives believe in miracles, because they are still hopeful about Romney and Ryan’s chances. As Mike Huckabee put it in an email “Before you decide the election is over based on September polls, remember that coming out of the 1988 Democratic convention, Gallup showed an insurmountable 17-point lead for that great former president, Michael Dukakis.” What he fails to mention is that the Republican convention happened after the Democratic convention, and George H.W. Bush erased that lead. While Romney/Ryan received almost no bounce after their convention.
Also at the conference was William Temple, the “Tea Party Patriot” who dresses up in colonial garb and yells “Huzzah!” when he agrees with something. But he’s worried too. “We picked probably the weakest candidate we could. Someone like a Herman Cain or a Michele Bachmann would have ’em fired up.”
I think he’s on to something. The Republicans really missed an opportunity to show us what a Michele Bachmann presidential campaign would look like. That would show us! We definitely need more “Pants on Fire” lies in our politics.
And after the election, these same conservatives will never admit the real problem, even though Rick Santorum pretty much spelled it out for them at the conference. Santorum said “We will never have the elite, smart people on our side.”
For once we agree.
And Santorum seems to want to keep it that way. He sharply criticized the only wing of the Republican party that seems to attract “smart people”, the libertarians. “When it comes to conservatism, libertarian types can say, oh, well you know, we don’t want to talk about social issues.” Santorum claims this won’t work, because “Without the church and the family, there is no conservative movement, there is no basic values of America.”