If you are Republican and you have to face any level of ballot box you have to be sure not to support:
2. The fight against climate change
3. Gay marriage
Republican elected officials who support even one these things are quite likely to find themselves challenged in a primary. And they are more than likely to face a very tight race with the strong chance of losing in the end.
Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) is the latest example. Hanna, who is one of just a handful of House Republicans to support gay marriage, withstood a conservative primary challenge, beating state Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney 53 percent to 47 percent. The race was much closer than expected and one of the tightest congressional primaries this year. Hanna was very lucky to get through, because the conservative base doesn't forgive such behavior. Hanna won, but if you're one of his GOP colleagues and you see how close his race was -- very few incumbents are held below 60 percent, much less in the low 50’s -- it's likely to give you pause regarding your own personal "evolution" on the gay marriage issue.
The most Republicans can say about climate change is: "Not qualified to talk about it." John Boehner is the latest top Republican seeking to deflect an issue that has given Democrats an opening to brand the GOP as “anti-science.” “Listen, I’m not qualified to debate the science over climate change,” Boehner told reporters when asked about the science behind climate change. “But I am astute to understand that every proposal that has come out of this administration to deal with climate change involves hurting our economy and killing American jobs.” There you go!
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost the Virginia primary to Tea Partier David Brat. The most potent line of Brat's attacks was centered on immigration. Brat continually accused Cantor of supporting "amnesty" -- a term that's radioactive with right-wing voters. Cantor insisted he wasn't in favor of amnesty, but even his apparent acceptance of some changes -- for example, perhaps allowing citizenship for young people who were brought to the U.S. as children -- gave Tea Partiers a clear target.
So, voting for an immigration deal, gay marriage or admitting that climate change is a reality is nothing less than a death wish in Republican world. The best they can do is pretend those issues do not exist at all and just focus on attacking Obama…
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