I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

When a wedge issue isn't

As I noted earlier the Republicans can't run on their performance or policy so they intended to once again use wedge issues to fire up the base. as I noted;
This too has some problems the first is that the radical Christians have heard the words from the Republicans for years and not seen any tangible results. Will the give up on the Republicans and just stay home? The second is it will inspire those opposed to a theocracy to go out and vote?
One of their major wedge issues was going to be gay marriage. Well it appears that may not be as effective as they might have thought.
Poll: opposition to gay marriage declining
The public backlash over gay marriage has receded since a controversial decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Court in 2003 to legalize those marriages stirred strong opposition, says a poll released Wednesday.
Gay marriage remains a divisive issue, with 51 percent opposing it, the poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found. But almost two-thirds, 63 percent, opposed gay marriage in February 2004.
"Most Americans still oppose gay marriage, but the levels of opposition are down and the number of strong opponents are down," said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center. "This has some implications for the midterm elections if this trend is maintained. There are gay marriage ballot initiatives in numerous states.
Now that's a big drop but even more significant:
The number of people who say they strongly oppose gay marriage has dropped from 42 percent in early 2004 to 28 percent now. Strong opposition has dropped sharply among senior citizens and Republicans.
It seems even more likely that attempts to fire up the Christian Taliban base will alienate the old Republican base and the population as a whole.

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