Social Issues in 2010

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Social issues have not dominated this cycle’s political discourse in the way they did in years past. Just six years after George W. Bush wielded gay marriage as an effective tool in his re-election bid, you have a potential Republican presidential contender suggesting a “truce” to make more room for detente on fiscal issues. The lethargic recovery and miserable job market have made the economy foremost in the mind of the electorate, but the movements that rally on all sides of issues such as abortion rights, sexuality and faith still have the power to move the needle. Jay explains: