Conservs, who are not a classic conserv, but rather neo-liberals (a post for another day), are traveling a dangerous path especially in this election coming up……the party is moving too far to the Right……to the point that Conservs like Reagan, Nixon, Snowe and Lugar have NO place in it………the biggest problem is that moderation is No longer a desirable trait and because of that, if it continues, very little will ever get done in Washington…..
Jonathan Chait: “The modern GOP — the party of Nixon, Reagan, and both Bushes — is staring down its own demographic extinction. Right-wing warnings of impending tyranny express, in hyperbolic form, well-grounded dread: that conservative America will soon come to be dominated, in a semi-permanent fashion, by an ascendant Democratic coalition hostile to its outlook and interests. And this impending doom has colored the party’s frantic, fearful response to the Obama presidency.”
This may not manifest itself in the next Congress but it will quickly become evident to the voter that nothing of value is decided in Washington and that a change is needed….what that change will be is not certain….will it be purges in the GOP? Or will it come from the Dems?
John Avlon has observed………
John Avlon: “RINO hunting has long been a problem inside the Republican Party, through groups like the Club for Growth–which has dumped $1.4 million against Lugar. They target congressman and senators they label “Republicans in Name Only”and justification is always a defense of fiscal discipline. But peel back the bumper sticker and there is a social conservative litmus test at work as well. Good luck naming a libertarian pro-choicer who has been supported by these forces. Or finding the organized outrage direct at notorious pork barrelers like Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi. Their bottom line is party line.”
“What new is that DINO hunting is starting to catch on in Democratic circles. This particular purification purge is still emerging–Democrats are amateurs compared to Republicans when it comes to taking down their own, as evidenced by the asymmetric polarization afflicting the right side of Congress. But just last month, the DINO hunters claimed two kills, knocking off a pair centrist Democrats from the swing state of Pennsylvania, Reps. Jason Altmire and Tim Holden.”
Party purity…..a pathetic attempt to appear relevant!
What will be the cultural wars in the coming years? Thoughts?