Based on the success of Liberal Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the unusual California Recall Election, Dick Morris recommends that the Republican Party should "terminate" the influence of Christian Conservatives, in order to build future majority party status.
The usually insightful Morris must have been sucking on some toxic toes when he reached this conclusion. First of all, the Republican Party has already attained majority status, holding the Presidency, and ongoing majorities in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, most State Legislatures and Governorships. The Republican success in changing from permanent minority status to where they are today has occurred since, and arguably because of the rise of the Christian Right in the GOP power structure.
Since 1994, in election after election at the State and Federal level, openly Pro-Life candidates have more often than not defeated openly Pro-Abortion candidates. Polling also consistently shows the scales continuing to tip in the Pro-Life direction, including among female respondents, and in States with growing populations.
Notwithstanding, it has become de riguer for pundits to declare that Conservatism is on the way out, and Pro-Life is a losing position everytime a pro-abortion politician wins an election. To reach this conclusion they must ignore the steady advance of the Republican Party from indefinite minority status to a deep, growing and active majority. Not only have Conservatives and Pro-Lifers remained at the center of influence of the Republican Party during the transition, it was their ascension to control of the party under Reagan, then Gingrich that finally rescued the GOP from the Bob Dole/Bob Michel doldrums of the 1960's and 70's.
When Arnold, a Social-issues Liberal, resurrected the moribund California Republican Party, pundits predictably raced to their keyboards to spew the conventional wisdom that a Liberal Social platform is the GOP's only hope of future success. I was only surprised to see the usually shrewd Dick Morris join the chorus of nonsense.