The “three G’s of politics” are “God, guns, and gays.” The term dates in print to at least 1994, when Jim Inhofe (R-OK) successfully won a seat in the U.S. Senate campaigning on these three issues.
There are also “three G’s that tempt a preacher” (gold, girls and glory).
Wikipedia: Jim Inhofe
James Mountain “Jim” Inhofe (born November 17, 1934) is an American politician from Oklahoma. A member of the Republican Party, he currently serves as the senior Senator from Oklahoma. He is among the most vocal global warming skeptics in Congress. Inhofe often cites the Bible as the source for his positions on various political issues.
Inhofe campaigned for his Senate seat in 1994 using the phrase “God, guns, and gays,” reflecting his ability to master political support in opposition to gay rights in general (and gays in the military in particular).This phrase came to be a popular term for GOP campaign strategy, with Howard Dean and other politicians using it in the 2004 election cycle.
Q: What are the three G’s in politics?
The Three Gs
The three Gs refer to “God, Gays, and Guns.” “God, guns and gays,” are alliterative shorthand for high-profile bills dealing with religion, concealed weapons and same-sex marriage. During the 2004 presidential elections, the Republican party ignored a controversial foreign war, a stuttering economic recovery, a renewed healthcare crisis in which 40 million Americans are uninsured yet costs for the rest are soaring, and massive deficits which are mortgaging future generations to the indulgences of the present one. Instead election 2004 was about “values”, encapsulated by the “three gs” of “God, guns and gays”.
8 May 1993, The Economist, “Deaf men talking: ranch economics”:
THE old west, as the legend goes, was won with the three Gs: God, guts and guns. The new west seems to live by the three Ds: data, dogma and disputation. Only a lawyer can thrive on that.
Google News Archive
6 November 1994, The Daily Sentinel (Pomeroy-Middleport, OH), “Voter anger transcends good sense” by Joseph Spear, pg. 2, col. 2:
All over the country, candidates are assaulting each other with negative ads. In Oklahoma, they say, only the “three G’s” are important: God, gays and guns.
7 November 1994, National Public Radio:
RICH COX, Oklahoma Voter: Down in Southeastern Oklahoma, which is 90 percent registered Democrat, he is doing very well because of the three G’s, and the three G’s being God, gays, and guns.
He tells the morning customers this entire race can be summed up by what he calls the three Gs.
REP. INHOFE: God, gays, and guns.
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This bit of hilarity is a consequence of the ongoing Republican strategy to bash the Democrats with “the three Gs” God, guns and gays. The Republicans represent God and guns, and the Democrats, well . .
New Zealand Herald
God, gays and guns - not Iraq - dominate US hustings
By Rupert Cornwell
5:00 AM Tuesday Jul 20, 2004
New York (NY) Times
December 8, 2011, 9:00 pm
Goodbye to ‘Gays, Guns & God’
By TIMOTHY EGAN
This trio is usually trotted out in big swaths of the West, in rural or swing districts and in Southern states at the cusp of the Bible Belt. The proverbial three G’s was the explanation in Thomas Frank’s entertaining book “What’s the Matter With Kansas” for why poor, powerless whites would vote for a party that promises nothing but tax cuts for the rich.
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