Social conservatives have their candidate to go up against Obama

Jim Cole AP Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., answers a question during the first New Hampshire Republican presidential debate at St. … Continued

Jim Cole

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., answers a question during the first New Hampshire Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Monday, June 13, 2011.

Social conservatives have their candidate to go up against Obama

While the economy is on track to absolutely dominate the 2012 election cycle, social conservatives are on track to play kingmakers in the Republican presidential primary. We feel pretty good about our prominence in the GOP.

First, Michele Bachmann has arrived. The congresswoman, a champion of social conservative issues and the tea party movement, earned every bit of buzz following her debut in the first major Republican presidential debate. She was brilliantly bold when she said, “I want to announce tonight, President Obama is a one-term president.”

As a media savvy, proven fundraiser with the ability to excite conservative audiences across the country, it was clear that Bachmann had the tools to become a top tier presidential candidate. We learned Monday night in New Hampshire that Bachmann also has serious debating skills and a command of policy. This week, Bachmann exceeded the expectations of her supporters and detractors.

Although there are some likely Republican voters who have strong opinions about Bachmann the politician, most are just beginning to learn about Bachmann the tax attorney with a post-JD degree in tax law from William & Mary, Bachmann the mother of 5, Bachmann the foster parent of 23, and Bachmann the policy wonk.

 For those of us in the social conservative world, it is exciting to see Michele Bachmann enter the race as a force. By blending tea party principles and unquestionable social conservative credibility, Bachmann can appeal to the majority of Republican primary voters. Her embrace of constitutional conservatism is uniting.

 Second, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is talking up
his social conservative credentials in preparation for a possible entry into the Republican field. As the longest serving governor in U.S. history and the top executive of the second biggest state in the country, Perry is expected to shake up the nomination contest if he jumps in.

Third, the top candidates already in the race are solid on social conservative issues. When John King, CNN’s debate moderator, asked about abortion, marriage, and the separation of church and state, there was no disagreement between the top contenders. No one questioned Mitt Romney’s commitment to life and Tim Pawlenty gave a great answer on his view, shared by all social conservatives, of the First Amendment. Pawlenty said, “the protections between the separation of church and state were designed to protect people of faith from government, not government from people of faith.” After a few minutes, the debate moved on.

The fact that social conservative issues are no longer controversial in the GOP demonstrates another success of our movement. In a match-up with Obama, the issues will be debated, it will be heated and there will be an obvious contrast between whoever the Republican nominee is and the president’s record. The top goal of social conservatives, like every other conservative, is to beat President Obama. With plenty of solid social conservative candidates in the GOP field, we will certainly be able to fire up our grassroots machine and unite in the general election.

As Romney said, “Any one of the people on this stage would be a better president than President Obama. He has failed in job one, which was to get this economy going again. He failed in job two, which was to restrain the growth of the government. And he failed in job three, which is to have a coherent, consistent foreign policy.”

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About

Jordan Sekulow and Matthew Clark Jordan Sekulow is executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Matthew Clark is an attorney at the ACLJ. Follow them on Twitter: @JordanSekulow and @_MatthewClark.
  • BurfordHolly

    ……………….By its decision to carry out the political and moral cleansing of our public life, the Government is creating and securing the conditions for a really deep and inner religious life…. our common religious and ethical values……The national Government sees in both Christian denominations the most important factor for the maintenance of our society……And it will be concerned for the sincere cooperation between Church and State….The national Government, seeing in Christianity the unshakable foundation of the moral and ethical life of our people………
    Adolph Hitler March 23, 1933
    Just before passage of the Enabling Act where the Nazis seized absolute power

  • reuelt

    1. The author’s argument is flawed and deceptive because O. ALSO claimed to be a christian (although he ones uttered “my muslim faith” on TV and was ‘corrected” by the interviewer). Obama must be a fake then.
    2. People need to understand that is struggle is between RIGHT and WRONG or between GOOD and EVIL or between Properity and Bankrupcy.

    Michele Bachmann lived a life truly for
    what is RIGHT, GOOD and Properity.

  • BurfordHolly

    I think politics is a question of politics and process, and when someone says that the political struggle is not a question of improving the process but a black and white moral struggle, that is pure distilled evil. It’s not the debate I want to have, but some people seem to want it that way.

    Why can’t you just come out and say that you deserve absolute power over other people? You want to be the hand the holds the whip? Just say it, and you’ll feel so much better about yourself. You may not like what happens next, but at least you’ll have quit fooling yourself.

  • BurfordHolly

    “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” – Sinclair Lewis

  • BurfordHolly

    Michelle has repeatedly made clear that she considers at least half Americans to be secretly antiAmerican, and they need to be investigated, fired, purged, etc.

    Michelle’s most ardent fans want something equivalent to Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

    One thing we saw in Wisconsin was that Bachmann fans assumed that every local police department was poised to go all Kent State on their “anti-American” neighbors. They were dumbfounded when democrats weren’t being gunned down, as if that were the natural order of things.

  • david6

    You still don’t have the right to use the government to inflict your religion on other people. TPaw was pandering.

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