Ideas are priceless. Beliefs are worthless.
I don't like to play the "what if the OTHER SIDE did it!!??" game, because it's mostly pointless; but sometimes it's pretty damn stark. Can you imagine what might've happened if, during the 2008 Democrat primary, a member of the military asked a question of a candidate and was BOOED by members of the audience? Every single candidate would've had to cut TV spots denouncing the action, and we'd still be knee-deep in repeats of it as "proof that The Left HATES soldiers!!!"
Here's the clip from the most recent GOP debate, as a gay soldier calls in from Iraq with a question assigned to Rick Santorum (hilariously placed directly beside a giant "Google" logo) about repealing DADT:
Listen to (some) in the audience boo the soldier, THEN listen to damn near the whole room wildly cheer Santorum's rambling, ridiculous "social engineering" response.
At the end of the day, there are two kinds of people in the world: Thinker and Believers (and before anyone asks, that is NOT code for "atheists and religious people," I'm talking about broad intellectual approaches to life not specific ideologies.) So long as American "Conservatives" are beholden to the "B" side over the "T" side they are unfit to hold lawmaking authority, and this is Exhibit A.
Hat-tip Jeff Wells