Olympia Snowe and Rose Colored Glasses

Writing in an op ed piece for the New York Times today, Olympia Snowe mourns the loss of Arlen Specter to the Democrats and reminisces on what might have been.

I have said that, without question, we cannot prevail as a party without conservatives. But it is equally certain we cannot prevail in the future without moderates.

In that same vein, I am reminded of a briefing by a prominent Republican pollster after the 2004 election. He was asked what voter groups Republicans might be able to win over. He responded: women in general, married women with children, Hispanics, the middle class in general, and independents.

How well have we done as a party with these groups? Unfortunately, the answer is obvious from the results of the last two elections. We should be reaching out to these segments of our population — not de facto ceding them to the opposing party.

There is no plausible scenario under which Republicans can grow into a majority while shrinking our ideological confines and continuing to retract into a regional party. Ideological purity is not the ticket back to the promised land of governing majorities — indeed, it was when we began to emphasize social issues to the detriment of some of our basic tenets as a party that we encountered an electoral backlash.

She further states that “we can’t continue to fold our philosophical tent into an umbrella under which only a select few are worthy to stand.”

What is fundamentally sad about this statement is that this folding of the tent into an exclusive umbrella is exactly what most Republican leaders today want for their party.

From Steve Benen:

Some of Snowe’s fellow Republicans have come to a very different conclusion. Last night, for example, Fox News’ Sean Hannity lamented, “I think if anything, the Republican Party is moved to the left in recent years.”

Last week, Sen. Jim DeMint (R) of South Carolina raised a similar concern. “I feel that Republicans are starting to get the message of the last two elections—that the American people don’t want a lukewarm agenda,” DeMint said. “They don’t want a liberal light agenda.”

This is a surprisingly common sentiment in conservative circles. They’re absolutely convinced that the only reason Republican numbers have fallen off in recent years is that the GOP hasn’t been nearly conservative enough.

Additionally Specter’s decision seems to have been as much political expediency as any change in philosophical convictions - he was convinced that a moderate Republican had an extremely uphill battle to win the party’s nomination these days.  At least in Pennsylvania.

I guess the real question is when Senator Snowe will take off the rose colored glasses, take a good hard look at the company she’s keeping and make her own conversion. 

In the meantime Bill Kristol proclaims all this to to be “Good News for Republicans!”

Posted by marindenver on 04/29/09 at 10:18 AM • Permalink

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Sounds like Snowe may be contemplating her own move.

Oh, and fuck Bill Kristol.

The Republicans can achieve a majority in Congress from a minority position if they get their base to the polls in the midterms and we don’t.  We must never forget that.

P.S. fuck Bill Kristol

Maybe we should just create our own little grass…sorry, astroturf ultra right-wingnutty pac/interest group to get what’s left of the rich wingnuts to donate money to run a “true conservative” in Olympia’s district.  Hell who care if they win, they’ll milk her ass dry (no pun) and leave her weak for her general election campaign.  We’d just pretend we were republicans…it’s high time we stopped caudling these weak spined moderates.  While we’re at it, I could care less if she wins or not…we are taking on too many Blue dog, dino, supposed moderates.  They all lean corporate anyway…let our TeabagPac milk’em till they jump ship or lose.

Oh yeah,

Fuck William the Bloody!

The purges continue.

A DKos diary reports that a MI GOP group disinvited Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah from an event because of his heresy on civil unions.

Yes, the Mormon Governor of Utah is now too liberal for the MI GOP and must be quarantined lest his tolerance prove as contagious as swine flu.

How’s that working for you, Olympia?

PS - Fuck Bill Kristol.

you know what’s sad…as much as I detest the Republicans…there is a part of me that kinda likes Michael Steele, as inept as he may be. The guy did try to steer his party from the old “southern states kiss-ass strategy” to one where the party seemd a bit more modern and representative of a changing world and America. He even initially denounced Rush Limbaugh, but instead got buttslapped by his own minions.

Now with Specter defecting and with the GOP looking like part of a smaller rump each day, its very likely that most of the morons in the GOP will pin their failure onto Steele. Make him the fall guy. Try to show that affirmative action doesn’t work and instead chosen that guy who sang “Barack the Magic Negro”. They will say, “Oh look, we were forced to hire a black guy so that the party would do the PC thing and seem modern”. Perhaps Michael Steele should join the Democrats as well. No need for him to suffer the numerous humiliations he has gone through during his brief tenure as party leader.

The Governor of Utah ... Utah, home of the rapacious Mormon cricket ... Utah, home to a wayward band of religious fruitcakes ... Utah so conservative that it makes Alabama appear as Berkeley ... Utah, the governor of said state is not conservative enough ... well, that’s it folks, the Mayans were spot on because the world as we know it is coming to a rapid end.

And fuck Billy the Bitch Kristol.

I only wanted to pop in to add FUCK BILL KRISTOL!

(And Ross Douche-hat, too!)

Sooo, we’re unanimous on Bill Kristol?

looks like i have to follow the crowd here and lose any independent willi nilly streak i have here..soooo….

FUCK BILL KRISTOL!

Kristol is a Douche Novel and it looks like somebody shoved a bent spoon sideways into his mouth creating that Joker-like grin.

An advanced computer program with tega-bytes of memory and a gasoline powered maco-processor dedicated to produce 100% fucking wrong information at all times is still right more often than Bill Kristol.

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