In an article about how some of the Republican party’s corporate donors have profited from “adult” entertainment supposedly abhorred by the party’s base, Terry Neal of The Washington Post quotes conservative commentator Tucker Carlson:
“The people who run the Republican Party are elites just like any other elite, and they don’t share the same cultural concerns as the center of the country. They don’t — they’re all pro-choice on abortion, they’re all pro-gay rights, they’re all thrice married, you know what I mean? And they summer in the Hamptons, too. And so they don’t have anything in common, that’s true, with evangelicals who make up the bulk of their party.”
I don’t know to what extent these elites run the Republican party, but they certainly set the agenda for it. Which is why tax breaks for big corporations and the very wealthy get enacted into law while amendments to outlaw abortion and gay marriage get little more than extensive lip service.