Chris Geidner argues that the political calculations involved in using LGBT issues to oppose Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination to head the Pentagon may mean that Republican operatives understand pro-equality views have become the default position necessary to succeed in politics. "Changed public opinion on LGBT issues is allowing the Republican party -- many of whose leaders oppose Hagel over his views on Iraq, Iran, or Israel -- to use others' criticism of Hagel's anti-gay comments to aid in their effort against him," Geidner writes.

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