So, to write this post, I'll have to admit I was, once again, watching "Meet the Press"...so sue me.
Anyway, right wing neanderthal columnist Bob Novak was on a panel discussion. Say what you want about Novak's positions-and I have-but he can't be accused of being shrewdly politically astute all the time. As such, he sometimes gives us wide open windows as to why anybody who has any kind of principles or sense of social responsibility is NOT a Republican. To wit:
"A lot of Republicans like McCarthyism."
Not that that's a great insight, but it's nice to hear it out of the mouth of a less fringe right-winger than Ann Coulter. Novak admits that the modern Republican party yearns for the days of witch hunts and smear campaigns leading to demonization leading to public hysteria which corrals power in the hands of the few, while the rest are too cowed to speak out, fearing they'll be next.
Oh...wait a minute...isn't that post 9/11 Bush administration policy...?
"Republicans are, are very pessimistic about 2008, when you talk to them off the record. They don't see how they can win this thing. And then you--they think for a minute, and only the Democratic Party, with everything in their favor, would say that, OK, this is a year either to have a woman or an African-American to break precedent, to do things the country's never done before, and it gives the Republicans hope."
Again, Novak is stating the obvious-Republicans are sexist and racist, and count on that in their "base" to win elections-but you have to think that the RNC cringed a little bit when they heard that. Your base from "Jesus Camp" may be nodding in approval, but you won't get the all-important "independent" vote admitting that sort of thing.