This spokesman is named Joseph Curl and writes a column in the Commentary section of The Washington Times, National Weekly called “Political Theater.” In the February 25 edition, page 27, he used the title “Coming in 2016: A third way for the GOP.” Since I have read his columns before and smelled the whiff of moderate before I halfway expected what I read.
He started off well in his statement about the Republican party. He said, “...one thing is clear: They can’t keep doing what they’ve been doing.” He had a platform to say something strong and original. Instead he repeated the same thing I have heard from Karl Rove and the Rockefeller wing of the party for years.
His basic premise is that the country rejects the conservative stands voiced by Senator Ted Cruz, whom he labels as the “new party darling,” and Senator Rand Paul whom he links to his father and says is “wandering further afield.” He lifts up as winners John McCain, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio. He sees Rubio in a positive light because he reads him as backing away from strong stands on moral issues.
He summarizes it this way,
“So, a new wave of Republicans is coming, a wave that looks past the pro-life, traditional planks of the Grand of Party.”How is this a “new wave” or as he labels it in his title, “third way”? This is samo/samo that produced Bob Dole and John McCain. We call this Democrat lite. If that is the platform, how are they different from the other guy? This is the kind of woosiedom that destroyed the Whig party. I don’t know how writers like this get a spot in one of the few relatively conservative newspapers available. Don’t the publishers read this stuff?
Every time the Republicans have run a “moderate” candidate, they have lost. Maybe someday they will see that principles have a place, even in politics.
I see the same pattern in education. It has historical roots and was labeled “The Big Lie.” Say it loud enough, long enough, confidently enough and eventually people will believe you.
homo unius libri