They want to create a new Republican Party, one that rejects the principles of the man who championed freedom.
Exhibit A: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Jan. 14 Washington Post insisted on the front page: "Bloomberg wants change in the GOP." Post reporter Jason Horowitz noted, "America's most prominent and deep pocketed advocate for gun control would rather rehabilitate Republicans than oust them."
What? Republicans are criminals in need of rehabilitation? The analogies get worse. Supporting the Bill of Rights is like supporting ... segregation and slavery. Democrats don't like Bloomberg trying to reform Republicans instead of defeat them, reported Horowitz. But "Bloomberg counters that just as Democrats were once the party of slavery and segregation, the pro-gun GOP is now ripe for moderation."
The new Republican Party is always "ripe for moderation" -- overripe to the point of turning moldy and smelly, like a forgotten fruit in the back of your refrigerator.
In the same story, Horowitz quotes Bloomberg as saying, "You have to change the people in the House," and reports Bloomberg wants to use his new super PAC to run ads against Second Amendment defenders: "This guy or woman is in favor of leaving guns in the hands of crazy people who can kill your kids."
Please remember this is the same "moderate" Bloomberg who journalists hailed for a "No Labels" campaign for civility in government.
Exhibit B: Colin Powell, who voted for Obama twice, but still insists he's a Reagan Republican. Indeed, since becoming a Republican, all he's done is criticize the GOP. NBC brought him on "Meet the Press" to declare, "If it's just going to represent the far right-wing of the political spectrum, I think the Party is in difficulty. I'm a moderate but I'm still a Republican."
Powell thinks he's a Republican, and the GOP has an "identity problem." But the "identity problem" is Powell's -- voting for Obama is neither Republican nor "moderate." Today's Republican establishment isn't to the right of Reagan. It is to the left of the man who won one of the largest landslides in history with an unequivocal conservative agenda.