Assigned Reading: Analysts Dispute Charge by Specter of GOP Moving Rightward
(FROM: Fox News)
They say it as though it’s a bad thing. Not only that turncoat Republican-turned-typical Democrat Arlen Specter, but Michael Steele and Michael Barone as well. For crying out loud, at a time when we are watching our government grow exponentially and our freedom and prosperity disappear by the day, I’d say that the Republican Party had better move rightward.
The GOP pollster cited in the article points out that this could, ideologically at least, be the same Republican Party from 2000, 2002 or 2004, and he’s right. But to say that the GOP hasn’t been shifting to the right recently, especially now in the age of President Barack Obama, would be to disregard the problems caused by a GOP with a big-government, spendthrift mentality during the latter half of George W. Bush’s second term.
And, I tell you what — we’d better damn well learn our lesson, we’d better acknowledge what we did wrong and learn from it. One of these days, hopefully no further than 18 months down the road, the GOP will once again be in the majority or well on the way to being there. And, while I’ve predicted for a while that 2010 could be like 1994 all over again, unless we’re willing to learn from our mistakes and nominate an actual conservative in 2012, we could end up with a repeat of 1996 as well, and with Barack Obama in the White House that just will not do.
To say that the GOP has not moved to the right, at a time where Republicans in the House and Senate have shown more cohesiveness and have stuck more to first principles than we’ve seen in a long while, is to overlook how the GOP fell to the left between 2005 and 2008.