The Decline of Moderate Republicanism
Sometimes it takes the passing from the scene of a strong yet reasonable and accommodating voice to show how valuable and in short supply that commodity is in today's political discourse.
Such was the circumstance with the news last week that former Sen.
This Yankee stalwart's Southern Democratic co-chairman of the coalition, former Sen.
Another Democrat and former chairman of the coalition, former Sen.
Rudman himself faced up to a similar threat in the mid-1980s when he joined with fellow Republican Sen.
For all his support of the Republican president, Rudman took a leading role in criticizing and investigating the Iran-Contra controversy that found the Reagan administration embroiled in the secret, illegal sale of arms to
Rudman chose to leave the
Rudman's death came on the heels of one of the nation's most negative and divisive national elections, in which both parties poured unprecedented millions of dollars into the presidential and congressional campaigns. The flood hardened attitudes on both sides, and it imperils the remaining bipartisanship advocated and practiced by a dwindling number of legislators on
A combination of deaths, retirements and political defeats to like-minded men and women of moderation, particularly in the
A major political story of the 1960s and 1970s was the demise of liberal Republicanism that marched defiantly if not successfully behind the banner of two
Read the latest political news.
- Snake-Oil Deficit Savings
- The Fiscal Hoax
- Fiscal Cliff 'Grand Bargain' May Be Anything But
- Dodging the Fiscal Swindle
- Brain-lock Inside the Beltway
- Obama's Own Cliff
- 'Fiscal Cliff' Obscures Lack of Shared Sacrifice
- The Fiscal Cliff: False Fears and Horrors
- Taxpayers, Revolt!
- Republicans: The Party of No
- For Pete's Sake, What's Happened to Our Democracy?
- Let Obama be Obama
- Ascendant Hillary Clinton
- Right, Left Get Along -- Outside Washington
- If, At First, You Don't Secede...
- Republican Problems are About More than Just Packaging
- Marco Rubio: A Hispanic Reagan?
- Obama Needs a Family Plan
- An Unsightly Scrap Over Cabinet Nomination
- Throwing Rice: A GOP In-Crowd
- The Decline of Moderate Republicanism
- To Appeal to Black Voters, GOP Must Run Gauntlet of Racism Accusations
- BP is Not a Criminal
- When the Curtain Rises
- Mitt Romney's Own Gift
- The 'Land of Opportunity' is Becoming Hollywood Fiction
- Corporate Bosses Gone Berserk
- The Trojan Horse in the Debt Debate
- The Real Problem with Military Spending
- Without Unity, We'll Tumble Over the Fiscal Cliff
- The Classy Election of 2012
- Karl Rove: The Biggest Loser in Politics
- Will the Supreme Court Dismantle the Voting Rights Act?
- The Pollution of Political Discourse
The Decline of Moderate Republicanism | Politics
(c) 2012 Tribune Media Services, Inc