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Thursday, September 04, 2003
The Age-Old Problem

I found this question posted by Guy at a new blog called Damascus Road:

What would happen if we, who call ourselves socially conservative, collectively said that we were no longer going to support those in our party who refused to listen to us? What if we put our collective feet down and said absolutely no more? Would it cause a split amongst conservatives? Would it result in the election of more liberals?......I don't pretend to have the answer to any of these questions; but, they are certainly questions that we, as social conservatives, should seriously consider before stepping into the voting booth.

I fully understand the reasons for his frustration. I don't pretend to know what the long-term results would be if conservative Republicans refused to vote for liberal Republicans. In the short-term, I think that there's very little doubt that the Dems would start winning elections. There are really two questions here. The first is, "Would a massive protest at the ballot box that resulted in Democratic victories convince Republicans to move back to the right?" The second question is, "If this would actually work, would it be worth the short-term sacrifice to achieve this long-term gain?"