The Republicans seem to be in a meltdown mode lately. The Christian right, the Bush big government types, the neo-cons, the thinkers like David Brooks and Peggy Noonan and Kathleen Parker, and the “Contract on America” crowd like Newt Gingrich all seem to be at odds.
And it seems the entire base hates McCain. Witness the defections of the hard-core to the Obama camp. Even Barry Goldwater’s granddaughter, CC, is supporting Obama.
Republicans no longer appear to be “conservatives.” They are not the party of Teddy Roosevelt or Barry Goldwater. They are not the party of Nelson Rockefeller or Gerald Ford or Lincoln Chafee. They most certainly are not the party of Abraham Lincoln. They are not even the party of Ronald Reagan, who brought them to recent prominence. They are not the party of men and women of conviction and principles. John McCain has said that he’s a “Teddy Roosevelt” Republican, but he’s not even close. T.R. was the first president to call for universal health care and national health insurance.
As an independent and believer of the two party system, I find this troubling. I’m a fiscal conservative and social liberal. It is my sincere hope that the Republican party will get it together and return to their roots of small government and minimum government interaction with our daily lives.