Over at The American Scene, Reihan Salam asks, IS SOCIAL CONSERVATISM THE PROBLEM?:
… I doubt that Frum fears a Republican party composed in large part of devout religious believers — rather, I think he’s worried about the perception that the GOP has become narrowly sectarian. Note that Huckabee did very well with white evangelicals, but very poorly with pro-life Catholics, this despite a message that was arguably tailor-made for Reagan Democrats. A “less overtly religious message” could nevertheless hold fast to the core concerns of cultural conservatives.
I was mumbling the word “sectarian” before I got to that point. Solutions? I think ultimately we are in for a new age of sectionalism, and the lowest tension resolution will be federalism.