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Thursday, May 05, 2005

GOP Too Extreme

Posted by Bob Brigham

The Quadrangle:

"I think the Republicans are more polarized than they ever have been." No, it wasn't a liberal Democratic member of Congress who said this to NBC News on April 27; it was Rep. Charlie Bass, Republican from New Hampshire. There are many moderate Republican politicians and citizens who feel left out of the modern-day extremist Republican Party. The leaders of the party, Bush, Cheney, Frist, DeLay, Hastert, etc, are clearly out of the mainstream. Moderate Republicans like Rep. Bass, Rep. Christopher Shays of Connecticut, Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, and Christine Todd Whitman, the former Governor of New Jersey and former Environmental Protection Agency chief, have all spoken out on this issue.

As the extremist domination continues, the wedge is driven further with each action.

Tom DeLay, who could be considered the most corrupt politician in Washington today, is the Republican House Leader. Bill Frist, who is now attempting to change long standing judicial laws, is the Republican Senate Majority leader. George W. Bush's nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, once said, "There is no such thing as the United Nations. There is an international community that may perhaps occasionally be guided by the sole real power left in the world, that is, the United States - when that suits our interests and when we can bring others to follow us." No wonder moderates are angry. The Republican leadership is drunk with power.


Posted at 10:58 AM in Republicans | Technorati


First, calling any R a "moderate" is a mistake. In the last 40 years the R's have moved so far to the right that their "moderates" are still to the right of Barry Goldwater.

Second, the reason that R "moderates" don't have any power is that the R leadership knows that they will fold up like a cheap Russian suit at the least application of pressure. D moderates have some power because they have bucked the power structure of the party. Until the R's do it they will just be a laughing stock

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