Well, ever since the majority-making victory in 1994, so-called moderates in the Republican party–despite all that Ronald Reagan did for them–groused that the “right wing” would destroy the GOP. This is true, they say, because of these conservatives’ narrow-mindedness and their inflexibility. Granted EVERY SINGLE ONE these so-called moderates were both pro-choice and pro-homosexual rights (at least I have yet to find a self-described moderate in the party who isn’t), it’s still telling they simply could not get past their own left-leaning morality-based agendas to give the right its due respect for their victory. For a while, Trent Lott was chief among these Republican moderates; and he was soon to be followed by the new moderate convert, Lindsey Graham. These two are salient, but by no means all. Indeed, the god of all the moderates in the Republican party was no less than John McCain. Well did McCain et al warn Republicans that their right-ward drift would ruin the party. And “right” the party did drift–into big spending programs like medicare prescription entitlements, and pork-barrel legislating as it had never been seen before. And the coup de main was the campaign finance reform without which McCain would not be able to compete with Obama.
A little more than a week to go before the elections and I am moved to ask: “How is that ‘McCain The Moderate Savior’ thing coming along?” I guess what I’m asking is, now that McCain’s big tent has brought in women, blacks, hispanics, extreme enviromentalists, and other minorities into the fold, I need some one to let me know how many points he’s up in the polls.
Ah, but perhaps the arch-conservative nemesis of all moderates, Sarah Palin, is hurting McCain? Well, if that’s so, then we ought to fire the unbalanced guy who put her on the ticket, because–as we all know–a real moderate thinks far too clearly to make such a poor choice. Some knee-jerk conservative did this, I assure you.
In my opinion, however, carping about Palin is what moderates do to emulate Democrats. They blindly screw everything up, then they point fingers at one particular person in order to avoid conceding that it is they who are in the dark. How inflexible and narrow-minded is that?
November 2008, the dark age of the Republican party begins.