The national elite has launched an all out campaign to try to convince Republicans that they must become a "big tent" party to compete, even though their "big tent" candidate, John McCain, lost in November 2008 and would have got stomped had it not been for the effervescent Sarah Palin carrying him on her back.
Even Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, got into the act, saying, "The more Republicans stay on some of these social issues, the so-called 3Gs issues [God, gays, and guns], the more you are going to have probably a shrinking party, which is going to have a difficult time ever gaining a majority again".
But a Dan Jones poll shows that rank-and-file Utahns don't see it that way. When Dan Jones asked 254 Utahns to choose between Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, 55 percent chose Romney, 32 percent picked Huntsman, and 13 percent were undecided. Once again, the elite are disconnected from the rank-and-file. The poll also showed both Romney and Huntsman defeating Barack Obama in Utah, although Romney would win by a larger margin. Romney is considered more conservative than Huntsman, because Huntsman has promoted civil unions and has embraced the cap-and-trade carbon cult. Seventy percent of those responding to the poll identified themselves as Republicans. Neither Romney nor Huntsman have announced any intention to run for President. KSL news video embedded below:
Reaction was forthcoming from leading political pros. Tod Weiler, vice-chair of the Utah Republicans, said, "Well, I think Romney has run a national campaign, so people are more comfortable seeing him as a Republican presidential candidate", while Utah Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Holland said, "Romney is just coming off a presidential run. He still has a lot of the base of the party in Utah on the bandwagon, hoping for 2012".
One reason why experts keep playing the "God, gays, and guns" card is because of the "defection" of Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter to the Democrats, who suggested his primary motivation was because the GOP was veering too far to the right. Of course, Specter had been a Democrat in fact for years; he merely decided to finally take upon himself the name as well. But proponents of the "Three G's" are ignoring powerful evidence to the contrary; namely, where genuine conservatives run, they win. And that played out right here in Utah, where Jason Chaffetz took down the RINO Chris Cannon at the state Republican primary, then clobbered conservative Democrat Bennion Spencer in the general election.
The real reason Republicans lost was because they had morphed into big government neocons. The Bush Administration spent our strength and means warring in foreign lands, instituted an intrusive and invasive homeland security department that routinely violated Americans' civil rights, and passed gratuitous tax cuts for the rich, as well as transforming the economy into a free-fire zone for corporate predators. Then they put up a candidate, John McCain, who offered absolutely nothing different. Can you blame Americans for rejecting McCain? Even so, the GOP still registered gains in a few states: Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma and parts of Texas, Kentucky and West Virginia.
The fact is, social conservatism still works, regardless of all the propaganda to the contrary. Where gay marriage was put to the people in California, it was rejected. In contrast, where gay marriage has been implemented, it was ordered by an unelected judiciary.
The Dan Jones poll merely validates what has been proven to be true; that the future of the Republican Party is as a conservative party, not as a big tent party. If it decides to become a big tent party, not only will I not vote Republican, but I personally will do what I can to help destroy the party. For if the salt loses its savor, it is good for nothing but to be trodden down under the foot of man.