Are Republicans drinking the Kool-Aid again? In the late 1970s they did their best to purge their party of the Ed Brookes, Jacob Javits, Clifford Cases, Chuck Percys. Strange how some of those hard-right heirs stood around to give Brooke the highest award the Senate bestows when an extreme conservative of their ilk named Ari Nelson challenged him in his own primary back in 1978. Stranger still that many of the moderates the party now wants to exorcise were preceded by good and decent members who actually got things done in government.
“Rockefeller Republican” became a swear word to the hard-line faithful. Well, here we go again. But now even Newt Gingrich is worried — he sees where this is headed.