According to a report at Rocky Mountain Right, “Former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis has openly argued for . . . moderating the GOP’s image and fielding more centrist candidates.” The Republican Party did just that with McCain this year and lost. A conservative might have won, but we’ll never know because the only real conservatives, Tom Tancredo and Fred Thompson, dropped out early in the primary, and Republicans were left with a moderate candidate who was selected by Democrats, independents, and the media.
Anyone who thinks the Republican Party should “[moderate] on social issues” and move more to the left should look at the results for Proposition 8 in California. Despite the draw of having Obama on the ticket, the proposition that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, a position supported by social conservatives, won handily.
When conservative candidates and issues were on the ballot, they usually won. Leftists will vote for Democrats not Republicans who campaign as Democrat light.