Should Republicans continue to bow to the religious right? If the answer is "no," Republicans lose because Christian fundamentalists hold massive power in the party and are, in fact, its very engine. Without them, Republicans are toast.
With them, however, they are too. Doubt that? Romney, reportedly, is still shell-shocked by his demeaning second place finish, as are those millions who absolutely hate Obama, for whatever reason. But the forces that believe Roe v. Wade and gay marriage are the only issues worth considering are simply not a majority culture--and, if Pew Research is right, they won't be in the future either, not with the sharp rise of the "nones," people who simply opt out of church altogether. The religious right, in national elections, are going to be losers too, until they take over the government, which isn't likely any day soon.
A preacher in a Sioux City mega-church, whose congregants have apparently taken over the Woodbury County's Republican party, really doesn't give a hoot about Republicans anyway. He's quoted this way: "I push principles. I am not a big fan of the Republican Party. I'm really annoyed with them, frankly."
If he's at the heart of the engine presently running the Republican factory, there's trouble in quality control. His reason for political involvement with the party at all is because, as he puts it, the Republican Party "very much lines up with the biblical worldview."
Emphasis on the. Clearly, it's his way or the highway. He's really not into teamwork or politics, which still is, as it always has been, the art of compromise In a way, it would be wonderful if there was only one "biblical worldview," but if that were true I'm guessing those of us who are professing Christians wouldn't so much be worshiping God as bowing to a political platform. And what exactly makes him think that he alone has the patent on Truth?
How it all works out--in Woodbury County, as well as America in general--will be a story all right, a story that affects all of us, maybe especially those of us who are believing Christians.