Republican politicians are drawn from the general population. They can’t be expected to be any different religiously or culturally than those around them. If they were significantly different they probably would not get elected as Republicans. Nevertheless, the author of this article makes an interesting point.
Republicans are hearing a lot today about how they need to abandon their principles on issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion if they want to win elections. But the GOP’s problem today is not that it is too socially conservative; it is that Republicans are seen as defenders of the rich and powerful instead of the poor and vulnerable.
If Republicans want to change that impression, there is a simple solution: Be more like Pope Francis — defender of the family, the unborn and the poor.