While many conservatives celebrated Sen. Arlen Specter’s switch from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party as a good thing for “party purity,” is a purge of moderates really a good thing for the Republican Party? I’d argue – and I know I’m not alone – that a continued purge of moderates from the ranks of the Republican Party will only serve to further minimize the GOP for the foreseeable future.
Megan McCain, daughter of 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain, has her own concerns about the standing of moderates within the Republican Party:
“I just wish that moderates like myself — more moderate Republicans and more socially liberal Republicans — weren’t looked at as, ‘Get rid of the dirty moderates. Get rid of them,’” the 24-year-old told CNN affiliate KTAR radio in a joint interview with her father.
“We need to be an inclusive party. We need to be an umbrella party. We need to inspire 20-somethings, which is something the Obama campaign did very well,” she said on the “Mac & Gaydos” show.
To be honest, I’d love to see the Republican Party veer as far to the right as possible, because in doing so, they’ll cede the middle of the political spectrum to the Democratic Party, and they’ll ensure their status as a minority party for the foreseeable future.
On the other hand, our political system is at its best when there are two strong parties providing opposing viewpoints from which a moderate consens….ah, who am I kidding? When’s the last time Democrats and Republicans worked together on anything substantive that benefited a majority of Americans?