As a registered Republican, it shames me to mostly agree with this author. He gets a bit snarky from my tastes, but largely he is right. We need intelligent, thoughtful leaders in our party, not Palin and the like. I don't want to be pandered to, I want to be led. I don't want to be the party of fear mongering. I want my party to be the light on the hill. When Repubs like Akin say completely idiotic stuff like this, it makes me so mad. We're a better party than this....I mean, how did Todd Akin get nominated for the Senate in the first place? How did Christine O’Donnell in Delaware? How did Donald Trump surge to the top of the early presidential polls after his birther blather became public? Why do so many Republicans have so much trouble with evolution? Climate change? The non-difference between forcible and statutory rape?
This is not to say that Republicans are, by natural bent, stupid. Indeed, many of the smartest, most erudite, most creative policy thinkers I’ve encountered over the past 40 years are Republicans or conservatives. They’ve been the source of some of the best policy proposals I’ve seen–including the individual mandate for health care, cap and trade (to limit sodium sulfur-dioxide), school choice, work requirements for welfare recipients. In foreign policy, they’ve been well-represented by realists like Brent Scowcroft, James Baker, Bob Zoellick and their boss, George H.W. Bush.
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