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Friday, October 22, 2004

Pandering to the Extreme

posted by Jazz at 10/22/2004 09:57:00 AM

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In this AP story today, we find former Michigan GOP Governor Bill Milliken endorsing John Kerry and giving his reasons for doing so. Keeping in mind that Gov. Milliken held office for nearly a decade and a half starting back during Nixon's presidency, it was refreshing to hear an old Eisenhower Republican talking about what has happened to our party and the dangerous course it continues on under Bush's stewardship.

"This president has pursued policies pandering to the extreme right wing across a wide variety of issues and has exacerbated the polarization and the strident, uncivil tone of much of what passes for political discourse in this country today. " Milliken, a moderate Republican, has been critical of Bush and has faulted the GOP on such issues as same-sex marriage, flag-burning and abortion.

Well said, Bill. I only hope that some of the more high profile party faithful take the time to really listen to you, rather than branding you with yet another kneejerk reaction label. In less than two weeks this election will (praise all things good in the universe) be over, for better or worse. That's when the real work begins. We will have four years to wrest control away from the radical neocons in our party and rewrite the platform to reflect traditional Republican values such as Milliken supported. A very good start would be seeing Bush moved out of the West Wing, but we'll have to work with what we are handed in either case.