TO THE EDITOR: In 1964, the Republicans made a sharp turn to the right.
They became bedfellows with the Southern Strategy, which validated racism; with the Christian Right – if you believe in evolution, you’re not fit for public service; with the Sagebrush Rebellion, which represented the interests of big farming, big ranching and mining – enjoy the perks we provide, just vote the way we expect; and with the Clash for Growth, anti-tax and anti-spending advocates – vote our views or you’re history, as exampled by Republican Lugar in 2012.
The Tea Party adherent Richard Mourdock, who replaced Lugar, and the rest of their Tea Party ilk have pushed the Republican Party even further to the right.
Karl Rove, who detests Obama, has formed a Super PAC to provide the funds for replacing the “wacko rightists” with more centrist-type Republicans in both the Senate and House when they come up for re-election.
Never a Rove fan, I do cheer his new tangent. Let’s start with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Rubio and Rep. Ryan.
This country can be governable. We need parties that can sort out differences without threats from extremes that weaken the democratic system. The Republican Party in 1964 hoped, by making the bargains I have listed, to increase their broad national appeal and flexibility. They failed miserably, as seen in 2008 and 2012.
Meanwhile religious nuts, compromise haters, and bigots who can’t abide a black president let alone a Democratic one hold the country’s political and economic progress as hostages.
It’s no longer the GOP today; it’s the Stupid Old Party.
JOSEPH S. WATERHOUSE
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