Mitt Romney won the Republican primary without the help of evangelical leaders -- in fact, he won despite hundreds of evangelical leaders actively working together to stop him. But these social conservative leaders still feel they're in a position to make demands, despite the fact that in most of the states where Christian conservatives are the most powerful, Romney is going to win easily, and among suburban swing voters, their issues are less popular.
Take, for example, South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott, an evangelical, who hasn't even endorsed the all-but-certain presidential nominee of his party. "It’s going to take some time for us to lay the groundwork and clarify his stances on issues, but I think [Romney’s] headed in the right direction," Scott told Politico's Anna Palmer. Likewise, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer said, "Barring something exceptional, a Republican candidate cannot win without the enthusiastic support of evangelicals… He better ramp that up exponentially if he wants to win this thing." The stuff these guys want Romney to do might win him more fans among evangelicals, but they would turn off everybody else.