Republican Control and Social Conservatives (September 3, 2014)
The rhetoric within Tennessee’s Republican Party over Common Core escalated last week with one Republican legislator calling the Governor a traitor to the party for his role in trying to defeat in the primaries some of the incumbent Republicans who opposed Common Core. If the party’s leaders are wise, they won’t dismiss such accusations as easily as did the Governor.
More than one hundred years of Democratic control of the legislature was broken by Republicans over two issues – Democratic support for an income tax and abortion. In other words, Republicans rode to the majority on the backs of fiscal and social conservatives.
Republicans who think they can disregard and even try to root social conservatives out of the legislature and still retain their power ought to remember that ten years ago the Democrats didn’t think they would lose their power either.
Read David’s related commentary, Republican Parallels to the Democratic Demise.
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