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Does Crist think the GOP really cares? He's already been rejected by them -- and also Florida independents.
The GOP rejects anyone who takes moderate, common sense positions on issues these days. They have become the party of extreemists on taxes and telling people how to live. It will be interesting to see all of the primary challenges that will be happening in 2014 to GOP members of Congress as the GOP continues to eat it's own.
The GOP doesn't understand that its push for extreme-right purity is driving common sense members away. Throughout the eighties and into the nineties, I voted for far more Republicans than Democrats. Then the GOP nominated Quist and Grunseth as their gubernatorial candidates. Carlson won the primaries and became the un-nominated GOP candidate twice. I voted for him twice because he was common sense and financially conservative. Then, as the GOP became more extreme on social issues, taxes and wars, I began to vote more independent and Democratic. As the Democratic party has moved closer to the center, more and more former Republicans are comfortable voting DFL. There are no socialists in the Democratic Party of any consequence. Extremists are commonplace in the GOP. That is why the Republican Party is shrinking rapidly.
guessagain - Since you claim to be financially conservative, in what way do you see Republicans as extreme on taxes? How much of ones income and property do you think the government ought to confiscate? Income taxes have been lowered for all taxpayers (thanks to Republicans). If those tax changes are rolled back or allowed to expire, why should only 2% of the citizens be asked to pay more? The income tax is already progressive - allowing the vast majority to increase taxes on a minority is simply wrong. Any change should affect everybody.
Charlie saw the light. Liberalism is the way of the future, and the Republican Party has become the party of greedy old white men.
Another example of why the moderates and smart people are leaving the Republican Party. It's why Snowe is leaving Congress, and others are following suit. If a Republican doesn't toe the Party line, they're a pariah. If they say anything against the Party, they're kicked out, as we saw the MN GOP do to several well respected Republicans at home.
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