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Moderates Needed For New Republican Party

October 2, 2009

I was amused by a recent comment printed on my blog about the back-lash that I should be prepared for in 201o  when the outrage from Republicans would be registered at the polls.  I smiled, but did not reply. 

The reason I held my tongue was the knowledge that the GOP is still searching for real issues, and candidates.  Trying to convince the nation that we are in the grip of a communist without a birth certificate only makes the GOP look like the bat-shit crazy sister at a family function.  (I know as I have such a sibling!) The angry loud shrieks that have dominated the news this year are not those of a party ascending, but instead are the death wails of a gasping once mighty giant on the decline.  The nation has changed.   The demographics that once produced a Reagan do not exist.  Now the party can now only find enough to rally around the likes of a Sarah Palin.  The new found voice of the Latino voters are not about to support the vile words of those who would deny them their role on our stage.  The raw meat of the culture wars have been dwarfed by the real economic and foreign policy concerns of the majority.  Example after example show why the GOP has become a shadow of itself. 

So what does the party bosses that are more moderate do to see that the Republican Party does not implode entirely?

McCain’s thinking has expressed serious concern about the direction of the party and is actively seeking out and supporting candidates who can broaden the party’s reach.  

In McCain’s case, that means backing conservative pragmatists and moderates.  

“I think he’s endorsed people with center-right politics because he has an understanding that the party is in trouble with certain demographics and wants to have a tone that would allow us to grow,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who is McCain’s closest friend and ally in the Senate. 

“At a time when our party is struggling and has a lot of shrill voices and aggressive voices, he’s one that can expand our party,” said John Weaver, a longtime McCain friend and strategist.

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