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Former Sen. Lowell Weicker: The GOP destroyed itself


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#1 D. R. Tucker

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 06:12 AM

"The decline for many, and for me personally, started with the hijacking of the party by Ronald Reagan conservatives in 1980 and has continued unabated up to now with a political battlefield strewn with Republican bodies at every level of government. It's not just liberal Republicans who have been tossed overboard but even moderates and Goldwater conservatives. Nationally, Republicans have come to understand the poison that is the tea party, but it will take a long time to re-establish a balance that relates to America."

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 06:33 AM

I sad this some time ago, but the current GOP "purity tests" would throw out Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.

I'm afraid the GOP will have to be totally and absolutely destroyed (Probably more than once) before the TP and so called "Severe Conservatives" are kept on the bench.
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Posted 16 May 2014 - 09:07 AM

View Postandydp, on 16 May 2014 - 06:33 AM, said:

I sad this some time ago, but the current GOP "purity tests" would throw out Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.
I'm afraid the GOP will have to be totally and absolutely destroyed (Probably more than once) before the TP and so called "Severe Conservatives" are kept on the bench.
Frum saw how Canadian Conservatives settled their differences and was trying to save them 10 years in the wilderness, but it is looking like 25 years in the wilderness instead at this point.
The bad news: In Canada the Tea Party won and they figured out how to massage their message so they sounded like Reagan.
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