Should Social Issues Play Second Fiddle in 2012

Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana has for months called for a truce on social issues so the focus can be on saving the nation from the radicals. Considering he appears to have decided not to run for the president, his opinion may not be so relevant, but when a politician makes a comment that's not on the master script for his party, that's noteworthy.

Here, he defends himself against the argument that it is the left which pushes social issues and that conservatives should push for these matters to be settled where they belong - in the states.

Here is Rush's response to Mitch after CPAC last month.

The Daniels question, and the response to it from social conservatives, represents a preview of what primary season holds in store. Social conservatives are holding less sway in the GOP these days as fiscal matters top voter concerns, but some of the stronger GOP candidates have bases of support amongst social conservatives (ie Tim Pawlenty or Michele Bachmann) or have spent loads of effort trying (Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich).