Saw this article in the New York Times today. It seems the Republican Party (recently lauded for being stunningly well-organized) has begun to question the fundamentals/non-negotiables/principles that they have so passionately espoused over the last many years.
According to the article, the Republican glitterati is rethinking being pro-life and against gay rights because it alienated moderates who are apparently focused on esoteric issues like jobs, health care and education. Go figure.
Why? Why those specific values? What will they replace them with? "Standard" Democrat views? I doubt it. Will they just remove these issues from the platform? Would 'twere true!
The last eight years have seen a largely dominant Republican government preside over some very non-traditional outcomes. Fundamental conservative principles of small government, adherence to the constitution, and fiscal conservatism were flaunted in favor of vast (and ineffectual) government, a blatant disregard for the constitution and the law of the land, and precipitous spending.
When socially moderate but conservative John McCain was nominated as the Republican candidate for president, I thought it was in recognition of all of these failings, but apparently not. Until the spanking, the Republican brain trust believed that everything was peachy on a policy front; perhaps why they dug Frau Palin so much. They felt that the electorate would once more fall prey to the 2000, 2004 fear-based tactics, and "four more years" of status quo would be our just reward.
As they jockey for position in the Republican leadership rodeo, I hope they go back to their fundamental conservative principles, and make those the preeminent voice of the Party. It would be a great way to be the voice of balance that tempers the temptation of a Democratic Congress to grow government even more and put our economic future in a bigger hole.
PS - Homer and Karl - separated at birth???