VikingSpirit finally grasps why Ken Blackwell went down in flames.

One of the major reasons I think we lost on national, state, and local levels is because of our party and many of our candidates embracing the religious right and extreme views on social issues. Some great exampes are Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania, Jim Talent in Missouri, and Ken Blackwell here in our home state of Ohio.

He goes on to explain a few positions (stem cell research and gay rights, specifically), and the close ties to the Religious Right, that has cost the party moderate voters. And he’s right. Let me explain how.

  • Only 35% of independents feel gay people should be denied legal partnership recognition.
  • Independents support federal funding of embryonic stem cell research 54% to 34%.
  • Just 34% of independents would categorize themselves as “pro-life”. And of all voters, they feel it’s a national issue (rather than a state-by-state one) 55% to 39%. Independents tracked Democrats almost exactly in opposition to the South Dakota abortion ban (27% for, 67% against).

But, it’s not just those “religious right” issues. Americans support liberal ideas for competent government too:

I could go on, but do I really have to? Americans clearly prefer the liberal vision of competent, responsible government that serves the people who elected it, rather than an elitist government that caters to special interests.

It’s just a matter of finding competent salesmen to counter right-wing propaganda. Barack Obama looks promising on that score.

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