The Republican Party is facing accusations that they are stuck in an echo chamber and resorting to outright fixing elections in order to avoid being completely and totally excluded from power. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a possible candidate for President in 2016, is among those facing this problem. He took to Meet The Press to reject former Utah Governor Jon Hunstman’s argument that conservatives should embrace marriage equality or fail as a party.
Recently, Huntsman wrote in an essay for The American Conservative that “[I]t’s difficult to get people even to consider your reform ideas if they think, with good reason, you don’t like or respect them. Building a winning coalition to tackle the looming fiscal and trust deficits will be impossible if we continue to alienate broad segments of the population….Consistent with the Republican Party’s origins, we must demand equality under the law for all Americans.”
Jindal said on the show that “Look, I believe in the traditional definition of marriage. We lost [the 2012 election] because we didn’t present a vision showing how we believe the entire economy can grow, how people can join the middle class. We’re in aspirational party and we need policies that are consistant with that aspirational private sector growth.”
Huntsman is a Mormon who has supported greater LGBT equality for some time now.
Unfortunately for Bobby Jindal, the Republican reliance upon social issues as their path to power has been failing for some time now. Rather than increasing support for them in recent years, GOP has faced increasing hostility to their social platform. In the last election, they lost seats in the Senate and lost the White House in large part because of their position on social issues such as marriage equality and abortion. They only retained the House by gerrymandering the heck out of the House districts. The GOP failed to gain an actual majority of the votes cast in all the House races.