Friday, October 17, 2008

Off Course

Kathleen Parker, excommunicated conservative, writes about the strange Republican party that casts out its dissidents (most recently Christopher Buckley).

The truth few wish to utter is that the GOP has abandoned many conservatives, who mostly nurse their angst in private. Those chickens we keep hearing about have indeed come home to roost. Years of pandering to the extreme wing -- the "kooks" the senior Buckley tried to separate from the right -- have created a party no longer attentive to its principles.

Republicans are not short on brainpower -- or pride -- but they have strayed off course. They do not, in fact, deserve to win this time, and someone had to remind them why.

As a former Republican and conservative myself, who left quite a bit longer ago than Buckley or Parker (I voted for Reagan once and Bush 41 twice), I agree.

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