Folks, one of the things that seems apparent in all of the political shenanigans going on is that whoever is running for anything, they have to remember one thing and one thing only:
It's the economy, stupid.
Veering off into social issues is a nightmare waiting to happen. As a consultant, I've loved planning strategies that knock the opposition off message. That has ALWAYS been a successful plan if properly executed, because they have to waste precious time explaining or defending or lying about the issues in question: Jon Russell's efforts to run for state representative were an excellent case in point.
The problems confronting us do not involve social issues. Anyone... ANYONE devolving into that puts their candidacy at risk, either in the primary season, or the general. It also provides the left with hooks to take the focus away from the number one issue: the economy. The economy makes EVERYTHING else secondary... everything.
And the GOP would do well to remember that.