Republicans Divided: "Moderates" or Conservatives To Blame?
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I didn't start writing my last blog post with the intention to segue into the relationship between the "moderate" and socially conservative wings of the Republican Party.
I think it's something that needs to be discussed. Especially by someone like Liz A Mair and other Republicans like her, whom I hope will comment here.
I come down quite squarely on one side; I think the "moderates" as typified by the Republicans featured on these websites here; The Republican Main Street Partnership, The Real Republican Majority, GOP Progress, etc. are largely to blame for the split in the Republican coalition between the so-called "moderates" and social conservatives.
Read on . . .
Let's take a look at Liz Mair's post on GOPProgress here;
It's the wrong strategy, being pursued and driven by all the usual suspects: social conservatives; immigration fanatics; ethically-challenged pork addicts who the former two groups are now calling "moderates" in a fatuous and cynical attempt to portray themselves as the party's real standard bearers, which they are not (please remind me just when Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan proposed amending the Constitution to deal with a social concern, or when either claimed that there was simply no more fat to trim from the federal budget).
As Silver suggests in his post, too many moderate and libertarian-leaning Republicans are staying silent on this subject, instead of standing up and pointing the finger for our loss squarely where it belongs: not with the Arnold Schwarzeneggers, John McCains, Rudy Giulianis, Susan Collinses, Jim Kolbes or Mary Bonos of this world, but rather with the Tom DeLays, Rick Santorums, Marilyn Musgraves, John Kyls, Jim Inhofes and Conrad Burnses - a.k.a., the loss-makers.
How about this press release from the Real Republican Majority - shooting Rick Santorum in the back even as he was giving his concession speech;
The pro-active extreme agenda of Senator Rick Santorum and his fellow extreme right cohorts such as Falwell and Robertson were responsible for the loss of this key Senate seat, among others.
And finally, this press release from the Republican Main Street Partnership, which actually has members of Congress forming a caucus in the House and Senate;
Far Right Soley[sic] Responsible for Democratic Gains
Take a look through all these websites and I can guarantee you that you would search in vain for even one positive mention made of traditional conservative Republicans. The attitude towards decent people like Jon Kyl, Todd Tiarht, Jeb Hensarling, etc. ranges strictly from hatred to contempt.
It is remarkable to say the least to see people who claim to be Republicans and yet have such a visceral dislike of their fellow members of the Big Tent even as they preach "inclusion" and praise Reagan's Eleventh Commandment to not speak ill of another Republican.
This doesn't happen with Democrats. I have never seen any Blue Dog, even the most conservative among them, go on the national stage and attack any of his far more liberal Democrat colleagues as "extremists" and/or captives of the "Far Left."
I mean, how come Democrats can so easily find quotes by Republicans castigating other Republicans as being "Far Right extremists?"
Heck, right now, I'd crawl through broken glass to vote for a "moderate" Republican who would go on television and even as he expresses disagreement with the conservative position taken by the more Conservative members of his party, defends their honor and reputation.
I doubt any Conservative would have anything but the deepest respect and a great deal of affection for a "moderate" who eschews the label because of what it implies about other Republicans.
As it is, I think most of us here would faint with shock if a "moderate" Republican were to do so little as to protest on national television against his fellow Republicans being characterized as "out of the mainstream" even when he disagrees with that position.
Televised interviews of many of these "moderate" Republicans often leave one with the impression that these folks are ashamed to share the same party with the vast majority of their fellow Republicans.
Let's not even go into the fact that not a single member of the Main Street Partnership is in any way near as good on a fiscal front than any standard member of the Republican Study Committee led by social conservatives like Mike Pence and John Shadegg.
I mean, if they idolized unapologetically fiscally Conservative, defensively hawkish, even if very socially liberal Republicans like William Weld, I'd understand. But these are people who proudly held up Lincoln Chafee(!) as their idea of the ideal Republican!
We should be clear here; I am happy that Jerry Weller, Mark Kirk, Fred Upton, Kay Granger, Tom Davis, etc. are Republicans. They very definitely belong in the Big Tent.
But is it really necessary for them to act in public as if folks like Tom Cole, Paul Ryan, Marylin Musgrave, Tom Feeney, etc. are disease infested cockroaches?