Most of the Republican delegates chosen by March 8th, will come from states where the majority of wingnut voters are white evangelicals.…
While Cruz, Jindal and Huckabee did not themselves say they approved of murdering gay people for the “sin of homosexuality”, they did nothing to distance themselves from Swanson’s inflammatory comments. All three of them are battling for the support of white evangelical 'christian' voters in the Republican caucuses and primaries.
Their support for Swanson demonstrates that Cruz, Jindal and Huckabee are three of the weakest, most spineless candidates to ever run for pretender. They are too timid to say killing gay people is not acceptable, because, by dog, they want hateful white evangelical 'christian' bigots to vote for them in Iowa, South Carolina and a bunch of other states that vote early on the Republican calendar.
The three men are clear profiles in cowardice. However, from a strictly Machiavellian point of view, they may be doing exactly what they need to do, in order to perform well in the early contests. An analysis by Geoffrey Skelley, at Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball site, explains why pandering to White fundamentalists might be smart politics. White evangelicals dominate the early Republican calendar.
In fact, just under 64 percent of the Republican delegates chosen on or before March 8th, will come from states where the majority of wingnut voters identify as white evangelical Christians. Because of their disproportionate influence in early states like Iowa, South Carolina, and seven Southern states that vote on March 1st in the “SEC primary”, white born-again Christians could have a tremendous say in which candidates remain viable by mid-March.
Not all white evangelicals are homophobic bigots or cultural reactionaries. However, enough of them are, so that Republican politicians have no reason to fear they will be punished at the polls for catering to religious extremists on the fundamentalist fringe. The wingnut base in many of the early contests is overrun with white 'christian' fundamentalists, and Republicans trying to scratch and claw their way into the White House seem to think challenging religious bigots over their self-righteous hatred towards others is not smart politics. So rather than standing on principle for loving one’s neighbors and not judging others, the wingnut politicians will take photo-ops with pastors who support executing homosexuals, because it just might earn them some votes.