eh, maybe. but if they got rid of all those social wedge issues, what's left? tax breaks for the rich? subsidies for fossil fuels? dirtier air and water? meh.
honestly, those social wedge issues that, while keeping young people, gays, and minorities away, are EXACTLY what keeps the GOP so staunchly in power in the deep south and amongst old people. Those folks march to the polls and vote in every little primary and off-year election and are driven by pure white hot fear and hatred. it's a hell of a motivator, and i assume the GOP believes it can't afford to take the risk of abandoning those troops.