Ailing GOP Needs a Religious Reformer
Modernizing party can't forget its base: Michael Gerson
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 18, 2013 10:36 AM CDT
In this Aug. 30, 2012 file photo, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan take the stage with their wives, Ann Romney and Janna Ryan, at the end of the Republican National Convention.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

(Newser) – The Republican Party might win the odd national vote in the coming years, but it needs a long-term prescription: Eventually, "there won’t be enough white and gray voters to win national elections," writes Michael Gerson in the Washington Post. But as the party seeks to reform, it can't forget about the religious conservatives that form its biggest constituency. Just look at David Cameron: He's tried to expand the appeal of Britain's Tories and is losing his base in the process.

In short, the GOP "needs to become more socially inclusive without becoming socially liberal," Gerson notes. In addition to policy changes, the effort calls for a special candidate, one who can focus on reform while maintaining "the sympathy of religious conservatives." It's a challenge, but the key is for the candidate "to appeal to religious conviction as a motivation for reform." He or she might push prison reform or seek to lower the school dropout rate, Gerson suggests. We've seen hints of the religious strategy from Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio, but such instances "remain rare." Click for Gerson's full column.

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Trinity5670
Jun 19, 2013 4:49 AM CDT
Left and Right is a giant smoke screen for Big Oil, Big Corp, Big Banks, Israeli Lobby and Wal-Street in order to keep the spot light off them selves. The actual rulers of our country since 2000. The US hasn't been a democracy since 9/11. Look up the word "oligarchy".
Trinity5670
Jun 19, 2013 4:31 AM CDT
This is easy. Republicans need to distance themselves from the Bushes, Bachmann and Palin. And find less extreme, less pro-Big Corp/Banks, more moderate to indie intellectuals to take back the party. SIMPLE.
Witzelsucht
Jun 19, 2013 12:46 AM CDT
Christianity has served as a tool of social control for governments since Constantine. During the Renaissance reason gained ascendancy over religion and so gave us the long and comfortable lives we enjoy today. Nonetheless, our presidential candidates still must display “faith” in the teachings of those tribal savages who gave us Christianity with its Crusades, Inquisition, witch burnings, wars, and slavery. If the United States is to remain great, it must rise above ancient superstition and choose sane leaders based in reality.