In his piece "Has the G.O.P. Gone Off the Deep End?", Thomas Edsall lines up establishment Republican after establishment Republican to testify to the "extremism" of the dominant forces in the party. And he blames conservative talk radio, one of the few remaining bastions of sanity in this country, for the GOP's demise.
Thomas Doherty, "political enforcer for the former New York governor George Pataki," tells Edsall he has "come to the conclusion that (the) party has elements within it that dislike homosexuals and think America is still in the 1940s." Nice.
Tom Korologos, a GOP lobbyist, says the Republicans' "rigidity is killing them."
Jeb Bush chastises Republicans because many people believe they "are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker ... (and) because those voters feel unloved, unwanted and unwelcome in (the) party." Et tu?
Bob Dole says that even Ronald Reagan wouldn't be accepted in today's Republican Party.
Former GOP congressional staffer Mike Lofgren says the GOP is "becoming less and less like a traditional political party" and "more like an apocalyptic cult." I suppose Edsall considers Lofgren credible because he made these observations on the extremist liberal website Truthout.
Edsall mentions other insider critics, but you get the idea: Republicans are mean-spirited, bigoted, rigidly authoritarian, ideological, regressive, anti-intellectual, misanthropic extremists who will never win the presidency again unless they become more like Democrats.
The Times' take on this is to be expected. But shame on the "Republicans" Edsall quotes to denigrate the Republican Party from the left and slander conservatives as bigots and rubes.
The irony is that the Republican Party has become less conservative over the years. The party's presidential difficulties can just as convincingly be attributed to its failure to articulate a principled, inspiring conservative message.
Over the past decades, we've witnessed a steady, incremental advancement of liberalism and statism -- a steady centralization of power in the federal government and a consequent erosion of our individual liberties. It is liberals and their Democratic Party that have become increasingly extreme -- especially since Obama's election. If anything, the Republican Party has become too tolerant of these alarming changes.
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