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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Republican "centrists" start to whine.

Leaving aside that Gingrich isn't really a "centrist," the establishment Republicans are starting to whine that their Frankenstein is out terrorizing villagers. (The "Villagers" double meaning is intentional.)
“If you seek to be a perfect minority, you’ll remain a minority,” says Gingrich. “That’s not how Reagan built his revolution or how we won back the House in 1994.”

Or David Frum,
Prelude to Republican fratricide

GOP candidates in New York and New Jersey should be cruising to victory this November. But angry conservatives would rather hand power to Democrats than help moderate Republicans win.

We had a great debate on this blog after the 2008 election over which direction the Republican party would go in their "civil war," whether the cooler Washington insiders would seize the inevitable oppositional independents and get the party to reach to the center or whether the cropped down Republican party would just get crazier and further to the right, extending their time in the wilderness.

I held the position that rationality would prevail, and the sane minded insiders would win out. I was sooo wrong.

And, definitely don't miss the picture of the teapartiers crashing the NY-23 Republican candidate's photo op and backing her with a wall of signs for the "conservative" third party challenger who will likely cost her what should be a safe Republican seat.

PS. Dick Army of FreedomWorks/TeaParty fame is openly backing the third party challenger, and may be endorsing him. (Armey may get rich by harnessing the teaparty folks, but he's destroying his party in the process.)

Later: Politico has a rather empty piece on the gap, but frames it from the "Republicans" worrying about the teapartiers. (because they're not the "Republicans" Mike Allen validates.)


  • Wasn't Frum a Palin fan at some point?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:54 AM  

  • Good point. I think so.

    (I think Frum is a fan of winning over anything else.)

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 12:32 PM  

  • I could be wrong about Frum backing Palin. I know he was behind McCain. No time to research it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:54 PM  

  • Same. Dooesn't really matterthat much. If he did, he supported Palin as an idea, not as the reality show freakshow.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 5:47 PM  

  • Your readers might want to consider joining the brand-new Centrists groups I am forming at both Linked In and Twibes at Twitter.

    I've gotten an enthusiastic reception at Linked In. Twitter will be a much harder sell, of course, now that it's 99.9999999 percent script bots!

    Your readers might also enjoy my new series Baby Boomers-The Angriest Generation. Here is the latest Index: http://wp.me/pxD3J-2a

    Baby Boomers will probably make up over one-half of the active electorate for the next five, six, seven national elections.

    We are only 46-63 in 2009 - as opposed to the Left's Unholy Trinity, Pelosi, Reid, and Frank, all turning age 70 in a very few weeks. And THEY want us to leave the national stage? Fat chance!

    Overwhelmingly, Baby Boomers, whatever our current party affiliation, are Centrists.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:08 PM  

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