From The Hill we have this report of the forthcoming House Republican governing agenda.
According to key anti-abortion lawmaker Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Pa.), GOP leadership gave their reassurances that lighting-rod issues related to abortion would be addressed in the final, yet-to-be-seen “governing agenda.”
Pitts explained that he has been involved in conversations with GOP leaders writing the new “governing agenda” set for release in the next week or so.
The third-ranking House Republican, Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.), told an auditorium of Values Voter Summit participants Friday that they should demand no less than that GOP leaders include social issues in the dialogue moving forward.
“Men and women, we must demand, here and now, that the leaders of the Republican Party stand for life, traditional marriage and religious liberty without apology,” the House GOP Conference chairman told the hundreds of socially conservative voters in attendance.
Why is it important to have those hot button issues? Unfortunately, because much of the electorate is uninformed, ill informed, focusing on their lives, or just don't care enough to be informed about issues. A party can demonize, distract, fear monger and speak in generalities to sway voters. It really works. Just look at the Tea Party's primary successes in putting up candidates like Joe Miller and Christine O'Donnell who, once they're examined more closely, manifest a WTF reaction. There's far more to politics than platitudes, but not so much to get elected.