Conservatives liked the culture wars approach, thinking that political debate around these issues would help their causes. This approach played an important role in political games during the early part of the Clinton administration and his subsequent impeachment. Yet these issues have lately been conspicuous by their absence. Looking back on Barack Obama’s historic victory in 2008, culture wars issues not only had a very low profile in the campaign, but where conservatives did attempt to raise them, these issues did them little good. Indeed, conservatives were probably more hurt than helped by such attempts—witness the effect of the Sarah Palin nomination.