You know, one would think that Specter's defection would give the right wing an inkling that it's THEIR position that's driving moderates out of the GOP and toward the Democratic Party. Specter isn't any more a Democrat than I am, but there's no place in the GOP for people like him any more..........they either have to join the Dems or dangle out there in limbo, since there is no party that represents the center-right and center-left voters that make up the "silent majority".
I've said this before, and I'll say it again: The Republican hard-liners are far more of a liability than an asset to the party's overall image; if they want to find their way back into power, they need to embrace those with more moderate viewpoints. No matter what the uber-conservatives want to believe, their views are NOT aligned with the vast majority of Americans, and they will not win with the failed ideas of the Bush/Cheney years. Voters made that abundantly clear last November; what part of that did they not understand?
Like many of those who analyze this stuff for a living, I am of the firm belief that most
Americans are moderate to conservative on most
issues. I know I
am, with the exception of universal health care, very much a proponent of conservative precepts in general, e.g. the Second Amendment, smaller government, more liberty, lower taxes, pro-life and so on. Yet the dogmatism and arrogance of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Limbaugh, Gingrich, and other "conservative" icons make me want to run as far away from the GOP as I can. Is that what the Republicans really want---to preserve some narrow ideal of party "purity"? Or is winning more important? It's their choice............
For those on the far left, however, I would offer the same warning; with their environmental extremism and their apparent willingness to give away more and more of my hard-earned money to whoever they think deserves it more than I do, there is danger for the Democrats should they become too high-and-mighty in THEIR ways.
Oh, we do live in interesting times, don't we?
Let's see how the next two or three years plays out...........for all we know, the whole thing may need to be fought out all over again if the liberals get too big for their britches and over-reach like the neo-cons did.