A surprisingly naive comparison from Greg Sargent:
I really wonder whether these types of cultural issues [God, guns, and gays] are losing their peril for [Senate] Democrats. Remember, many predicted that if Obama embraced gay marriage, he risked a backlash among culturally conservative voters that could put his reelection at risk.
How losing already lost "culturally conservative voters" could have cost President Obama reelection is beyond me; furthermore, how President Obama could have ever lost reelection to the stunningly inept Mitt Romney--short of suddenly stripping naked at a debate and reciting Allen Ginsberg poetry--is, and to me always was, beyond even the most direly unimaginable.
But for Sargent to compare a presidential campaign, which can exploit vast voter cross-sections of the U.S. as a whole, to upcoming Senate campaigns--in culturally homogeneous inescapabilities such as Montana, Arkansas, and South Dakota--is just astounding.