Who is the True GOP Conservative?
The fight for the Republican presidential nomination seems to have gotten down to an argument over which candidate is the true conservative. Is it
This quest for ideological purity on the right conveniently overlooks the fact that for all the obvious shift rightward in the
Also being overlooked is the continuing existence not only of the
Maybe that's not the most appropriate metaphor, considering the current row over the federal rule that would require certain Catholic institutions to make birth control coverage available to employees. The issue has become the latest litmus test of true conservatism. But you get the point.
It's really not that surprising that much of the
Romney, for one, has become so determined to shed his once honorable identification as a moderate that he was induced by some inner urge to declare to the recent
Gingrich, for his part, in his scorched-earth efforts to obliterate Romney from "the planet," as Newt likes to say, has taken to going nuclear against Mitt. He has escalated his charge that the man is a "
Seemingly lost now in this quest for ideological purity on the right is the previously paramount yardstick for the nomination: which Republican can beat President Obama in November? Santorum argues that he's the one because he offers the sharpest difference from the incumbent on the social issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage and now federal health care for contraception.
He also contends that the severely conservative Romney would be easy pickings for Obama in a fall debate. He can't effectively make the case against "Obamacare," Santorum says, because he is the father of "Romneycare," the twin brother or at least the second cousin of the former.
Romney still insists he's the best bet to beat Obama because he's never worked in
So the party's competition goes on over which of the surviving 2012 hopefuls is the purest of them all. And in doing so, each flirts with defeat in November at the hands of Obama, that liberal in moderate sheep's clothing, who may be looking better every day to moderate voters.
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