At root, the real problem the Snowes, Frums and Whitmans of the world have is that social cons actually advocate and vote their principles on social issues. If the GOP is in danger of being seen as ideologically narrow and too identified with social issues, it is in no small part because its supposedly “fiscally conservative, socially liberal” wing generally has been socially liberal and not fiscally conservative. Having abandoned the core principles on which Republicans are supposed to agree, they would like the social cons to dump the remainder of their principles as well.
It is one thing to be a “moderate” or a “centrist” or a “reformer.” It is another thing to be a Republican In Name Only. Such people have no standing to dictate where everyone else sits on the party bus, let alone drive it.