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May 27, 2004

The quickest way for a Senate candidate to get shunned by the GOP establishment...

...is for the candidate to take seriously the supposed Republican core values of limited government, entitlement reform and anti-abortion advocacy.  Robert Novak reports that the GOP is doing just about everything it can to ignore the candidacy of Tom Coburn in Oklahoma, thus risking the loss of what was considered to be a safe seat.
 
When a party sacrifices its values in the name of acquiring and maintaining power, the party before long becomes actively hostile to those who retain those values.  Sigh.
 

3 comments:

rjd said...

Just ask Pat Toomey.

rjd said...

Just ask Pat Toomey.

Tim said...

Right. Not only did the GOP fail to support Toomey, they (including the pres) actively campaigned for Specter, a senator who frequently votes not only against conservative principles, but often against other initiatives that the GOP promotes. Must be some chaos factor related to Specter's fondness for Scottish Law.

Bush occasionally pleasantly surprises me with his ability to see the big picture better than the most of us, but I'm still not understanding the wisdom what we're seeing here.