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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

No moderates need apply to GOP

Posted By on Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Polling reported here suggests to me less and less room for moderates in the Republican Party. Arkansas leads the way with 78 percent of Republican voters self-identifying as conservative. Neanderthal would probably be a better word.

This is, of course, good for Democrats. When a party becomes ever likelier to nominate people like Jim Holt, it becomes ever unlikelier to achieve electoral success, except maybe in Arkansas.

This is one reason you have to wonder how Delta farmer/lawyer Stanley Reed's record of voting in Democratic primaries and giving money to Democrats (including potential opponent Blanche Lincoln) will be received by Republican primary voters if he does get in the U.S. Senate race.

UPDATE: Questioner says I've not supported suggestion of a trend to more conservative Republican voters. In the original item linked, that's fair criticism though I believe it to be so. I was influenced also by another finding by same group that suggests Olympia Snowe couldn't win renomination as a Republican in Maine. If there's evidence that the Republican electorate is not growing more conservative, I'd be happy to hear about it but you certainly don't see it reflected in the rhetoric of its candidates on the national or local level or the efforts by the red hots to defeat any Republican (Lincoln Chaffee; Arlen Spector) who demonstrates a hint of moderation. Back to you, Robert.

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