We Conservatives Lost the Culture War
Matt Lewis urges a focus on rebuilding family
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 3, 2013 1:51 PM CST
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(Newser) – Conservatives trying to come to terms with Mitt Romney's defeat posited all kinds of rationalizations. But Matt Lewis thinks he's figured out the real reason. "The culture war is over, and conservatives lost," he writes in the Week. "Too many Americans simply no longer agree with them on the merits." It's a depressing prospect, Lewis writes. Before, when liberals espoused "fringy" ideas, he'd think, "I hope you push that idea, because you'll keep losing elections in real America." Now, it's the GOP that looks out of touch.

How did we get here? Well, Republicans focused on winning elections, and succeeded. But, meanwhile, "society became coarser, more permissive, less traditional, and more socially liberal. … For every Republican elected, there were 10 films or songs (many of them quite good, actually) selling sex, drugs, and violence." Lewis thinks the problem is that the family unit has broken down—"it's clichéd because it's true"—and that to survive, the GOP has to focus on strengthening it. But "it's going to be a long, hard slog." Click for Lewis' full column.

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Feb 4, 2013 8:16 AM CST
This "culture war" will not end happily for those who think they have undermined, subverted and overcome traditional Christian culture that was the foundation of this country. It's a matter of time.
Feb 4, 2013 8:14 AM CST
This"culture war" phrase is really a misnomer. There is actually a "spiritual war" between the forces of good and evil that has raged for millenia. this is the latest (and probably the last phase).
Jan 4, 2013 2:14 PM CST
The republicans we hear talking on TV etc. are out of touch even with most of their own party. The Tea Party is completely off the charts with everyone. Their biggest problem is not knowing what their biggest problem is. If they did they would have to admit it, which ain't gonna happen. They blame their problem on everything but themselves, their attitude of elitism, the masculine dominance thing, their greed, their racism. their ultra right neo con Christianity. You can't go after peoples voting rights without us knowing about it, you can't make up lie after lie about the President without us knowing its all BS. We've been told since 09 that everything is Obama;s fault. We know it's not. Bush was elected in 2000 and the republicans took us straight into the crash of 08. Christians who want to eliminate food stamps and all gov programs that help people. They call Social Security and "Entitlement" Excuse me, my employer and I paid for it already. I paid in since 1963. Entitlement? F U U S O B! You lost, you deserved to lose, you earned it. And if your kids don't know that movies arn't real you should blame yourself and go back to parent school.