The Republican intelligentsia know that nothing is as poisonous to Republican electoral possibility as the dreaded "social conservative." Nothing dampens voter enthusiasm for Republican politicians like the stupid "social conservative" doing what he or she inevitably does. The obnoxious expression of opinion on "social issues" can only be the dastardly work of the "social conservative." Voters will shun the "R" brand if candidates or anyone associated in any manner with the Republican Party call attention to issues such as homosexual marriage or, Mark Kirk forbid, abortion.
The photo to the right (State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka rides in a car for the 44th Annual Gay Pride Parade. — Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune, June 30, 2013) catches Illinois Comptroller Judy Barf Topinka in one of her many displays of "social conservative" activity. Why are Illinois Republican leaders not hammering on her door and demanding she refrain from further expressions of her "social conservatism?"