It really really looks like the GOP is revving up to cut ties with the religious right now. The Sanford Affair seems to have provided the opportunity to do this. Why do I think that? Well, the mainstream media is covered with stories about the downfall of social conservatism. And then there's quotes like this:
South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis… sees an opening for the Republican Party, a chance to “lose the stinking rot of self-righteousness” and “to understand we are all in need of some grace.”
That's a remarkable quote when you consider that Inglis made a name for himself "in the late 1990s as one of Bill Clinton’s most zealous pursuers, an impeachment 'manager' who attacked the moral failings of the president with a gusto".
A transformation of Inglis? No, he says. He's just as religious as ever. In fact, he claims to be more attuned to the Gospels compared to the days when he was railing against Clinton's indiscretions:
“They want me to walk around saying I am the paragon of virtue,” Inglis said. “But that is unrecognizable to the Gospels.”
A little late to the party, but welcome.