The energizing theme of the tea parties and the GOP resurgence has been out-of-control government spending, which should help Republicans in November. So why are conservatives riled up about illegal immigration, same-sex marriage and mosque building? "The merits of the issues aside, if Republicans believe that the key to victory this year is to refight the culture wars, they are mistaken," Michael Tanner of the libertarian Cato Institute wrote for National Review Online. He noted that Virginia and New Jersey elected GOP governors last year who "did not run as culture warriors. Instead they won their upset victories on issues like jobs, the economy, and a commitment to limited government. The polls are overwhelming. Those are the issues that voters care about, not whether two men in California get married. Republicans should focus on creating jobs, reducing spending, repealing Obamacare and cutting the size of government — and leave the culture wars for another day."