Below is a remarkable document. It's a memo circulated by Jan van Lohuizen, a highly respected Republican pollster, (he polled for George W. Bush in 2004), to various leading Republican operatives, candidates and insiders. It's on the fast-shifting poll data on marriage equality and gay rights in general, and how that should affect Republican policy and language. And the pollster's conclusion is clear: if the GOP keeps up its current rhetoric and positions on gays and lesbians, it is in danger of marginalizing itself to irrelevance or worse.
[T]he Republican pollster who arguably knows more about the politics of the gay issue than anyone else (how else to explain the Ohio campaign of 2004?) is advising them in no uncertain terms that they need to evolve and fast, if they're not going to damage their brand for an entire generation:
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I know that some readers likely think me a broken record on the need for the GOP to kick the Christianists to the curb, but merely looking at my own extended family and the near unanimous exodus from the GOP tells me that my instincts are correct. Five or six decades of continuous GOP affiliation killed because of the pact the GOP leadership made with the Devil - i.e., the Christofascists. Given Andrew Sullivan's past arguments that same sex marriage is a conservative approach, he notes as follows:
It's advising Republican candidates to emphasize the conservative nature of gay marriage, to say how it encourages personal responsibility, commitment, stability and family values. It uses Dick Cheney's formula (which was for a couple of years, the motto of this blog) that "freedom means freedom for everyone." And it uses David Cameron's argument that you can be for gay marriage because you are a conservative.One can only image the flying spittle that this memo will unleash in the corridors of Family Research Council, NOM, the American Family Association, and similar hate groups. Get out your foul weather gear!