Will the GOP Lose the Evangelicals?

Republicans have to move on gay marriage or get left behind, especially by younger votes. Mike Huckabee – nobody’s fool – says that, if they do, the evangelicals will take a walk.

That sounds to me like a plan, not a prediction. And if that’s right, it’s important news. The plutocrat/ Chrstianist alliance has always been potentially unstable, and hatred of poor people and minorities might not be enough to hold it together forever. And Huckabee has a populist/ redistributivist streak; it’s not obvious that he would be unhappy destroying the GOP and leading one of the two new parties that would likely emerge from the wreckage.

[Originally posted at The Reality-based Community]

Mark Kleiman

Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.