The time's, they are a changin'. Back in 2007 and 2008 I attended the Conservative Political Action Committee conference in Washington (CPAC). It was certainly an experience. The speakers and delegates made Dan Hannan look like a lily livered liberal. Many of the stands were manned by people from organisations like Americans for the Family. Nothing wrong with that, except they weren't there to promote family values as such, they were there to warn of the dangers of those cotton pickin' homosexualists. Indeed, one stand offered cures for it.
The whole event played into the stereotype of right wing Americans being incredibly homophobic. But times have moved on. Watch this video of a CPAC delegate being jeered and booed when he protested at a group called Go Proud being allowed an exhibition stand.
More from the Salon War Room site HERE.
If the Republican Party is to win again it needs to move back into the political mainstream and ditch its reputation as a quasi-religious sect. Reagan knew that the party had to broaden its electoral appeal and he would have been horrified by the takeover of the Republican Party by the fundamentalist religious right.
Perhaps it is now time to be optimistic that things are changing on the Right of American politics, although one swallow does not make a summer.