In today’s Hare-Dispatch Jim Nowlan has an op-ed headlined No Room For Moderates In GOP which is the biggest bunch of twaddle I’ve seen today.
Nowlan begins by riffing on a Pew survey which boxes voters into 9 distinct categories. I didn’t see the survey so I don’t know if Pew is mischaracterizing the TEA Party or if it is Nowlan because according to Nowlan, libertarians are described as “free market and small government seculars” while staunch conservatives are described as “highly engaged tea party supporters”. Anyone who knows anything about the TEA Party would know they would fall under the libertarian category since they are NOT social conservatives. So right off the bat the survey/Nowlan have it wrong.
But Nowlan is just getting revved up because his main point is that the era of moderate Rockefeller/Nixon/Eisenhower Republicans is over. His beef is a pro-choice GOPer could never be elected, but for some reason he fails to take into account the fact that no pro-life Democrat could ever get elected either and the era of moderate Scoop Jackson/JFK Democrats is over as well.
In his final paragraph Nowlan laments:
“As a moderate, I wish the system had a place for moderate Republican candidates, but it has none. And there is little that can be done about it until passion for social issues subsides among the powerful staunch conservatives, which is not likely in the foreseeable future.”
Spare me, Jim, PLEASE!
Nowlan must have been in a coma during the ’08 presidential campaign because otherwise he would know that grumpy white RINO John McCain was the GOP candidate and the moderate all GOPers and Dems say they want and can win.
Didn’t happen. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Nowlan voted for leftwinger Barack Obama.
Somebody like Nowlan, who is a “senior fellow at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs” should know better than this and shame on him for peddling this nonsense.