Abortion, Gay Rights Are Back Ahead of 2012 Election

"Wedge issues" are coming back just in time for the 2012 campaign.

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Obviously, even though they are not of paramount importance to most voters in an era of economic trouble and high unemployment, social issues are still crucial to many Americans. The problem is that wedge issues make people particularly angry, and reviving them would certainly add to our platter of polarization.

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