Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hoosier Opinions Change But Radical Right-Wing Republicans Don't

A great editorial in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette argues that progressives don't need to spend their energies trying to change the hearts and minds of Hoosiers on such issues as same sex marriage, gun control, and immigration; state polling already shows a shift in public opinion on such issues. There just haven't not been any commensurate changes in Republican politicians:
What’s not changing is the resistance of Indiana elected officials to recognize those changes, a resistance affecting not just gay marriage but dozens of issues held hostage by an ultra-conservative faction effectively employing its electoral clout. Until more moderate voices do the same, Indiana will continue to waste time on divisive issues that hamper its economic progress.
The editorial concludes that progressives need to focus on getting people to the polls: "If Indiana is ever to escape the quagmire of divisive and backward cultural issues, moderate and progressive voices need to spend less time changing hearts and minds and more time registering voters and getting them to the polls." Amen to that. You can read the entire op-ed here.