Re: Why does the republican party pander to the extreme right wing?
I think that the op has a very narrow view of the Republican party. A Republican could say why does the Democrat party pander to blacks or mexicans or gays, whatever. I don't think either of those two perspectives are fair or accurate. I think the best thing to do is not worry about what motivates the either party and focus on the issues that are important to you.
I agree that some of the so-called "religous issues" keep a lot of folks from voting Republican. I'm a Republican because I believe in low taxes, responsable spending, smaller government and a strong national defense. I couldn't care less about abortion or gay marriage. I feel that people should decide those things for themselves and the .gov has a lot more important things to worry about like our f**ked up economy.