Thank you michiganman, that was a pretty insightful answer. You are probably right about that.
lovemychris, would you be so kind as to explain what you mean by Ron Paul not wanting freedom for women? I haven't heard anything about his policies that would be discrimenatory against women that aren't similar to that of the other republicans.
Edbert, when I say socially liberal, I don't mean financial safety nets or entitilements. I mean issues that are fundementally religious in nature, like gay marriage and abortion. Issues like prayer in public school, and teaching creationism as science. We had a debate where pretty much every single one of the Republican candidates stated that they don't believe in evolution, a theory widely excepted in all scientific circles.
I guess my question should have been why does fiscal conservatism have to go hand in hand with religious ideology?