Dick Polman explores the expulsion of moderate Republicans from the Republican Party, tracing it back to the Nixon’s odious Southern Strategy. A nugget:
Some conservative commentators have been smart enough to spot the absurdity of weeding out the impure; after all, politics is about the art of the possible, and it’s tough to get anything done if everybody is hunkered in an ideological bunker. Nearly a year ago, for instance, the columnist Kathleen Parker (no friend of the Obama administration) argued that the right-wing purists were “pandering to America’s inner simpleton,” that Republican politicians should have the right to take nuanced positions and engage in nuanced thought. Indeed, she wondered, “When did thinking go out of style?”
The title of the piece is
Demise of the Republican dodo
In counterpoint, one Delaware resident I know referred to teabagger favorite Christine O’Donnell as Christine O’Dodo.