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Re: “By opposing Obama, Republicans might make the GOP conservative again

The GOP is not opposing these policies out of principle. They're merely opposing it because a Dem Administration is enacting these policies. All the more reason to reject voting on the basis of party and vote for the best man or woman be he or she Dem, Repub, Libertarian, Natural Law Party or whatever.

Dr. Paul represented a threat to the GOP establishment, and that's why he was stomped out. He is a TRUE maverick, not like McCain who is an Establishment GOP figure who merely sometimes votes with Dems.

Posted by fusionist on February 4, 2009 at 7:59 PM

Re: “How pundits like David Brooks got it wrong

Ron Paul is an extreme economic conservative but a social moderate, and that may provide a clue into how the GOP can resurrect itself. His views fly in the face of someone like a Mike Huckabee or Sarah Palin - both of whom are extreme social conservatives but economic moderates - or for that matter a George W. Bush or a Henry Paulson (social conservatives, economic liberals) Unfortunately with the "Southernization" of the GOP comes a great deal of appeal to former Dixiecrats. While you would have been a conservative in the era of the "Solid South" remember that many Southern voters and politicians were definitely not. Your own state's Strom Thurmond supported massive public works programs and had no differences with Truman on economics. This mold - "social conservative/economic moderate" - has been gaining strength within the GOP. Paul's message may find a place as a countervailing force within the party, however aspects of it may also be picked up upon by the Western Blue Dog Dems if and when they feel slighted by the Obama administration.

I also wonder what your thoughts are about Al Regnery's statement that the conservative movement has tied itself too much to the Republican Party, not realizing that the interests of both are not identical, and that the conservative movement when appropriate should get behind Dems (Regnery specifically mentioned Harold Ford) or independents who share its values and principles rather than supporting candidates just because they have an (R) next to their name regardless of their views and the policies they advocate.

Posted by fusionist on February 4, 2009 at 7:54 PM
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