Sunday, November 16, 2008

New York Times Op-Ed

The Moose Stops Here is an op-ed piece in the New York Times that's fascinating. You can read the whole thing by clicking on The Moose Stops Here link. Frank Rich writes about the future of the Republican Party.

I must admit I am fascinated by the situation at the moment when one of the major parties is trying to find its footing again. Of course, democrats have been there before, but I'm not sure to this degree for a very long time.

I'm no political expert by any means. I can barely understand it most of the time. But, it seems to me the Republican party has come to mean, "conservative Christian." I think that's partly why McCain chose Palin. I think what I call the "real Republicans," meaning those who are more about the fiscal policies than the moral ones, have to either take back their party or abandon this party and start another one.

Take a quick read through - but hit at least a couple of the really interesting parts including:

He (referring to McCain) strenuously sought the endorsement of the Rev. John Hagee, even though Hagee had blamed gays for Hurricane Katrina, referred to the Roman Catholic Church as “the great whore,” and theorized that Hitler came about because God’s “top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel.”

I did not realize this, and find it incredible - hard to believe, but it is true.

The reason why they are promoting Palin and the recently elected Indian-American governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, as the party’s “future” is not just that they are hard-line social conservatives; they are also the only prominent Republican officeholders under 50 who are not white men. The G.O.P. will have to dip down to a former one-term lieutenant governor of Maryland, Michael Steele, to put a black public face on its national committee.

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