More signs that the GOP is confronting the repercussions of intolerance. Via a National Review Online interview with Jim Gilmore, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and former Virginia governor:
“I don’t think the party dies immediately,” Gilmore says. “It’s not going to just disappear like the Whigs did, since there is so much law that supports the two-party system. But Republicans will be locked into a permanent minority at the national level unless we seriously rethink our approach.” …
“Young people today have a more tolerant, hands-off perspective,” he says. “Their libertarian philosophy, for example, has to be taken into consideration. Yet we keep projecting anger at the gay community and the Hispanic community, even though they’re open to many of our ideas.”
Many Republican stalwarts understand that continuing to take marching orders from authoritarian social conservatives will court self-destruction.
More light. I hadn’t been aware of these developments regarding Chick-fil-A. It’s an inspiring account.
Still more light. Via the New York Times:
Kevin L. James, a conservative talk show host running for mayor of Los Angeles, was sitting in his campaign office recently pondering which was his bigger obstacle to victory: being openly Republican, or being openly gay. “Depending on what room you’re in here, sometimes it’s easier coming out gay to Republicans than it is coming out Republican to gays,” he said. …
John Weaver, a Republican political consultant… has increasingly warned that Republicans are marginalizing themselves by moving to the right on issues like abortion, gay rights and immigration. “He is from central casting about what a future Republican candidate can look like in an urban or blue state and win,” Mr. Weaver said.
Look for the LGBT political establishment to unite in opposition to James.