Wellâ€¦ I might as well say itâ€¦ social conservatism. America is a fiscally conservative country â€“ now perhaps more than ever, and with much justification â€“ but not a socially conservative one. No, I donâ€™t mean to say itâ€™s socially liberal. Itâ€™s not. Itâ€™s socially laissez-faire (just as its mostly fiscally laissez-faire). Whether weâ€™re pro-choice, pro-life or whatever we are, most of us want the government out of our bedrooms, just as we want it out of our wallets.
One view, which I’d like to believe. On the other hand…
Did Gay Marriage Hurt Scozzafava in NY-23? [Maggie Gallagher]
NY-23. Does it mean nothing? Does it mean anything? Is the district more Republican than conservative? More libertarian than anything else?
I dunno. So I did a poll. Politico’s Ben Smith just reported it under the headline, “NOM poll: Marriage a wedge in NY-23″:
As conservative groups scramble to take credit for their roles in Doug Hoffman’s surge, the National Organization for Marriage sends on a poll indicating that Dede Scozzfava’s stance on marriage put her well out of line with the district, not to mention the Republican Party.
The QEV Analytics poll of 318 voters in the district found, the group says, that: 52 percent oppose gay marriage, 35 percent favor gay marriage, 13 percent responded â€œdonâ€™t know/refuse.â€
Half of Hoffmanâ€™s supporters (50%) say that Dede Scozzafavaâ€™s support for the legalization of same-sex marriage was a factor in their decision not to support her. Similarly, 45% of Hoffmanâ€™s supporters say that his position on same-sex marriage was a factor in their decision to vote for him. Only 11% of Owens voters say his position on same-sex marriage was a factor in their decision to support him.
I still maintain that a conservative platform that rests solidly on “Get the government out of my wallet and my bedroom” is the approach that will bring the greatest number of Americans to our banner.
But I do realize that some conservatives are as adamant about not supporting any candidate who refuses to ban abortion or gay rights as I am about refusing to support leftists and statists in GOP clothing like Dede Scozzafava. The puzzle I’m trying to figure out is how necessary such folks are to a conservative victory. At the moment, I just don’t know.