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Hi I'm Laura Ingraham in for Bill O'Reilly thanks for watching us tonight.
Should the GOP at risk offending social conservatives that's a subject of this evening's talking points -- now.
Today on the New York Times web page Tom and -- who has spent most of the last thirty years covering politics for the Washington Post and the new republic.
Has some advice for the GOP.
He draws upon some recent polling data to argue that quote the Republican Party can afford to marginalize Christian right leaders.
Because evangelical social conservatives are not going to vote democratic.
Dots Republicans can as he puts it concede defeat in the culture war in the hopes of picking up some more socially liberal voters.
-- -- might want to check -- governor Mike Huckabee who knows a thing or two about evangelical voters.
Huckabee suggested that evangelicals will quote take a walk from the GOP.
If the party ends up supporting gay marriage.
He might also want to consider the 1996 presidential election.
When Bill Clinton carried red states such as Kentucky Tennessee West Virginia Missouri and of course Louisiana.
President Clinton's wife is going to be probably likely nominee and -- sixteen.
And I think it's safe to say that the clintons with their deep roots and understanding in Arkansas know how to reach evangelical voters.
Especially the GOP acts like another -- up.
I would also note that in both 2008 and 2012.
The GOP did nominate presidential candidates who -- all that popular social conservatives.
And those candidates faired poorly and their fall campaigns.
Next time around conservative voters might just stay home.
Or even throw their support to a Democrat.
Who they think it's more sympathetic to the middle class.
But of course the question of what sort of culture our children are going to inherit is a lot more important than the results of any one election.
The social issues aren't -- a political football to be used by grasping politicians seeking -- one power.
They really do establish the framework for many aspects of American life from our schools to our churches and of course -- families.
He's a very serious matters they should be taken seriously.
So instead of boring so much about political tactics.
Republicans might -- -- consider focusing on what they truly believe them.
And what type of country they want to half.
The time has come for serious debate within the GOP over all of the social issues with all sides making the best case for what they think is right.
Then -- GOP reach a new consensus and then maybe move forward in a united effort to reach the rest got the rest of America.
And by the way back to Tom Edsel.
The research here interestingly just before the 2006 elections he wrote a book arguing that the GOP will quote.
Over the long run a thin but durable margin of victory close quote.
The GOP lost both the house and the senate.
In the 2006.
Midterm elections Tom and the GOP is also take political advice from this -- and -- the memo.
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