Tiny violin time for the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, who sees his relevance shriveling up as a group of moderate Dems and Republicans were called together by NY Mayor Mike Bloomberg to discuss the fundie death-grip on social issues and ways to break the deadlock of partisan bickering. (OneNewsNow):

Some of the Republicans invited to the meeting scheduled by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg include former New Jersey Governor Christie Todd Whitman, Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, and former Missouri Senator John Danforth. Among the Democrats attending are former Senators Sam Nunn of Georgia, Bob Graham of Florida, Charles Robb of Virginia, and Gary Hart of Colorado. [AN ASIDE: Hart endorsed Obama today.]

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), says in their zeal to find common ground, the moderates want to jettison social issues from both party platforms and focuses. The FRC leader says the group of moderates “obviously did not get the message from Iowa,” where former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee surged ahead because of “his unequivocal stand on core issues.”

Perkins says Whitman and others who share a “disdain” for social conservatives want to take “value voter” issues off the table. But those issues, he says, will not go away because they are issues most Americans care about.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding