It's interesting to me that this view of the Republican/Democrat divide is so pervasive that many in both parties really have bought it. The religious right has dominated the Republican party for so long that many people have lost sight of the fact that the Republicans once stood for limited federal government, while Democrats stood for a more powerful role for the federal government.
Nowadays, Republicans are the party of:
- prayer in school
- big military build-up
- limiting rights of gay people
- limiting rights of women who are confronted with certain intensely personal decisions
- the death penalty
I wish the Log Cabin Republicans luck. Changing the culture of the GOP is an ambitious goal, but they are optimistic enough to see a small government Republican Party that is a world away from the current GOP.