He pointed to the party’s two most recent presidential nominees, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, as examples of candidates who were touted initially as having broad appeal to centrists in the general election but ultimately never inspired evangelicals and lost.
“Values voters have been treated as the stepchildren of the family, while the party has wanted to get on with so-called more electorally popular ideas,” Bauer said. “The Republican base will not tolerate another candidate foisted upon us as a guy who can win.”
Pretty funny, actually. Tea Party conservatives, who are not necessarily social conservatives, say the GOP can’t win without them. The religious SoCons say the same thing. The libertarian wing says the same thing.
There is the potential for common ground between small governemnt fiscal conservatives and libertarians and even moderates and independents. But history has already turned the corner on the socons – lips service may be paid, but they can no longer elect anybody on the national scene all by themselves, (though it wasn’t all that long ago that they could), and their influence continues to shrink – because they really don’t have much to say to the other segments of the right when their only issues are abortion, sex, gays, drugs, and sin.