Yesterday, the Indiana GOP held its convention and adopted its platform. According to the Indianapolis Star,
After a contentious weeks-long debate, more than 1,600 delegates from across Indiana approved the new language for the state party’s platform. It says, “We believe that strong families, based on marriage between a man and a woman, are the foundation of society.”
Chalk up another win for the party’s social conservatives–the “Christian” theocrats who are firmly in charge of what used to be a rational political party.
Most observers predicted this outcome. The real question is whether members of the Hoosier electorate–whom poll after poll show are far more moderate than the current GOP, on this issue and others–will care enough to vote their displeasure.
Back when I was an active Republican, the Marion County Chairman frequently noted how grateful he was for the apathy of Democrats. Even then–back in the 1980’s– Democrats outnumbered Republicans in Indianapolis. Republicans kept winning elections, however, because they voted. Democrats didn’t.
On this issue and so many others, the research suggests that Democrats have won the policy debate. Most Americans agree with them.
What they’ve lost is GOTV.