I was perusing the net tonight and happened upon the site, A Certain Slant Of Light, after perusing The Diggers Realm. On Light's front page is a great article that you all should read.
Upon my initial read of this article, I had thought he was all wrong. I thought he was going to say that McCain's rise in prominence was normal and just a normal growth of the Republican Party. I thought this because he was taking an opposing view from that held by David Limbaugh. I have read many of Limbaugh's articles and I have agreed with many of them. And for ACSOL to take an opposing view from Limbaugh's, I figured I would be getting upset soon.But, after reading even only half of his article, I knew that ACSOL had it nailed and Limbaugh was incorrect. ASCOL cites Limbaugh as saying that McCain's rise is a result of the "neo-Rockefeller" republicans (or as we call them, RINOS) have started their attempts at taking the party back from the Reagan conservatives or the neo-conservatives.
He [Limbaugh] writes:
… what we are witnessing is a resurrection of the historical GOP turf war between the Reagan conservatives and the disgruntled Rockefeller moderates. This neo-Rockefeller branch of the GOP sees this moment — McCain’s inevitable nomination, albeit by default, and the politically confused state of evangelicals under the tutelage of Mike Huckabee — as an opportunity finally to retake the GOP from the Reagan conservatives.
They want to remake the party in their image. They are the neoconservatives, the national-greatness types who profess to believe in conservative ideals but have no problem achieving them through liberal ends — i.e., more government.
Fact is, McCain’s presidency, should he prevail over Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, will in most respects — particularly vis-a-vis the war in Iraq and a patent indifference to porous borders and illegal immigration — likely walk in the footprints of Bush ’43’s. Indeed, the “paradigm shift” that Limbaugh speaks of has been largely effected over the past seven years. To be sure, it’s not just now in its nascent phase.
Reagan conservatives are not apoplectic over the prospect of a McCain-led transformation of the Republican Party away from Reagan’s principles of small government, fiscal constraint, and the federalism of the Founding. Rather, they’re still suffering from irreversible buyer’s remorse and an acute feeling of disenfranchisement vis-a-vis Bush, who campaigned in 2000 and 2004 as a conservative, but in many regards was anything but, both realities of which have been exacerbated by John McCain’s rise to presumptive nominee status, not recently jump-started.
This penchant of the Republican Party for producing lesser of two evils’ choices is getting old and is, for some of us anyway, a compromised path we may no longer be willing to tread. This may be the year for a line to be drawn in the sand.