Originally Posted by listopencil
True, but he was referring more to the nature of the political movement in each party rather than the actual issue.
Can you play at the margins of gun control moreso than abortion? Sure, but when you're talking about significant change on a national level, you're talking about risking the office of everyone who votes in favor of it that isn't in some VERY solid bastion for your party.
It's just bad, bad strategy on a national political level.
Is it justified? That's what you have to decide. When LBJ signed the Equal Rights Act into law in '64 he reportedly stated "we have lost the South for a generation". Well, he was wrong -- it's already been two generations. Was it worth it? I would say so, on THAT issue. And not that these two issues will have such a long-lasting impact, but the bottom line is you BETTER freaking recognize what you're going to cost yourself in the long term if you want to get serious on those issues. You're more likely to gut yourself than you are to come out ahead.