Leave it to a crusty venerable former senator from Wyoming, Alan Simpson, to talk turkey about the Republicans vying to be the party's nominee. Simpson thinks social wedge issues like abortion and gay rights will backfire in the general election. In an interview with Bob Schieffer yesterday on "Face to Face", Simpson, a man of integrity and strong conviction, didn't pull any punches. He called Santorum "rigid and homophobic". A not surprising assessment from somone who stood up against "Don't ask, don't tell" and in 2001 became the Honorary Chairman of the Republican Unity Coalition(RUC), a gay/straight alliance within the Republican Party. On this issue his position has been clearly enunciated: "Gay is an artificial category that says little about a person. Our differences and prejudices pale next to our historic challenges."
Simpson thinks the GOP has lost its traditional moorings. The government should keep out of the lives of its citizens. The primacy of the right of privacy should not be diminished. And people have an inherent right to be left alone. These are among the core beliefs, he contends, that are missing in the current conversation.
"I am convinced," Simpson warns " that if you get into these social issues and just stay in there about abortion and homosexuality and even mental health they bring up, somehow they're going to take us all to Alaska and float us out on the Bering Sea or something. We won't have a prayer."
At least, Sarah Palin would be able to see them from her backyard!
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