In the National Review Online, Brown asks What Do the Iowa Caucuses Tell Us?  He continues:

The thing that should be clear to observers of the Iowa caucuses is that
social conservatives remain a critical component of the conservative
movement. It’s been said that there are three legs of the conservative
stool: economic conservatives, social conservatives, and
national-security conservatives. But many in the elite, including some
in the GOP elite in Washington, have been working hard to dismiss the
importance of social conservatism. Iowa reminds us that this is a losing
strategy for the Republican party.

I have a different hypothesis. The more likely explanation is that the true conservatives     those who respect the constitutional separation of church and state     are now independents. We used to call these “Rockefeller Republicans.” Perhaps they are now “Bloomberg Republicans.” Ultimately, they are no longer Republicans. They fled the party of Jerry Falwell.

That creepy sound is Barry Goldwater    Mr. Conservative    turning over in his grave. He would have been one of those “elites” that Brown refers to. Goldwater was a conservationist who would have wanted to do something about climate change. He was fiercely pro-choice and was on the board of Planned Parenthood. Goldwater was also a proponent of gay rights.

Ultimately, Brian Brown does not speak for the GOP. Brown speaks for the ultra conservative fringe of the Roman Catholic Church; The Father Coughlin wing; The Opus Dei – Robert George set.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.