Could Republican’s win big on Election Day and still be behind the ball in the grand scheme of things? Mark Steyn seems to think so.
According to the conservative columnist, even though conservatives and Republicans may do well on Nov. 4, liberals are winning the other 364 days throughout the year, or the “culture stakes,” with tremendous effect on our society.
“Election Day is one day a year, and the culture is the other 364 days a year,” said Steyn. “So if you’re not in there competing in the schools, competing in the pop culture, competing in the media, competing in the main-line churches, then the air we breathe becomes liberal.”
“That’s the default setting in society. Whoever gets elected on a Tuesday morning in November doesn’t actually make much difference.”
Steyn made the comments to “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade Monday morning.
“The reason candidates don’t get traction is when they’re trying to move toward the center,” Steyn said, responding to Kilmeade’s inquiry about moderate GOP candidates in recent years, particularly Mitt Romney and John McCain.
“Effective conservative leaders, [Ronald] Reagan and [Margaret] Thatcher, take the two most obvious examples, move the center towards them,” he said. “Mrs. Thatcher had a great line. Before you can win the election, you have to win the argument.”
“Unless you are in there playing for the big culture stakes like the left does, you’re going to lose, whoever is elected.”
“The left is brilliant at framing the debate,” Steyn told Kilmeade, noting specific buzz words for being “anti-women,” “racist,” and “homophobic,” according to the left.
“When you let the left win the language wars…when you make it impossible even to bring up those subjects, you basically ensure that you’re going to lose no matter who wins in November,” he concluded.