One of the smartest things conservatives do is suppress their knee-jerk reactions long enough to study the opposition and figure out how to work around it. If canny liberals wanted to do likewise, they'd begin taking notes from commentary like this one in the 12/31 WSJ, "Possible Musings of a Bush Insider: the Year Ends Well." Of particular note: "Everybody thinks we'll pound gay marriage, but that's tricky. We can't be intolerant in the suburbs, but the Christian right won't like squishy answers on the constitutional amendment like Bush gave Diane Sawyer the other day. An issue for radio and direct mail." Emphasis mine: this is how the GOP will handle issues while appearing not to push an overtly Christian agenda. Someone should be reporting on this -- get on the direct-mail lists, watch how people are campaigning outside mainstream media. This will ease the not-entirely-unfair perception that reporters are out of touch with what the "real" people thing, and show how those people come to think it.