A long, hard-fought presidential nominating race doesn’t hurt Republicans by leaving them divided. They’ll unite against President Obama. No, it hurts with voters in the middle.
First there’s this obsession about whether President Obama is “real” Christian. Franklin Graham expressed his doubts, once again showing he’s not half the man his father is. And Rick Santorum can’t help but sound like an American Ayatollah.
Every voter who agrees with Santorum is already going to vote Republican. But, just like when Pat Buchanan dragged the party into “culture wars” in 1992, a lot of voters don’t like political-religious wars.
As Alex Castellanos noted, voters also wonder about the Republican obsession with birth control and sex.
Then there are voters who ask: Why are they talking about this stuff when I’m worried about the economy?