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<<Just wanted to let you know that you're not alone. I'm disgusted with the GOP for letting the neocon God/gays/guns crowd take over the limited-federal government party of Barry Goldwater and for failing to control spending and tanking the dollar,>>

I don't know if you noticed, but Goldwater was a spectacular loser and they greatest gift to Democrats since Herbert Hoover ran for re election.

One of the major successes of Ronald Reagan was building a winning coalition, which only won because conservative Christians were on board. The two Bushes won by keeping that coalition together, giving a margin of 5-2 Presidential victories to Republicans.

It's perfectly reasonable to be unhappy about Republican fiscal imprudence. The combination of tax cuts, and implied fiscal responsibility (only infrequently delivered) kept many fiscal conservatives on board with the Republican Party and in a coalition with conservative Christians to deliver winning election results.

I suppose you can despise the working class Reagan Republicans and Christians who voted "R" if you like. But I expect you, too, voted R because the tax cuts and promised fiscal conservatism made that coalition worth voting for.

Blowing up thew fiscal conservative policies understandably loosens your interest in voting "R" and sharpens your irritation with elements of that coalition you probably never liked much.

Goldwater was a loser --- his political coalition was too narrow. Reagan's genius was putting together a broader coalition, which definitely included gun rights advocates, conservative Christians, and those concerned about lax national security.

Now we will see whether John McCain can appeal to a centrist core and paint Obama as the left wing Democrat that he is. I supported McCain because he was the candidate most likely to do just that, despite his maverick policy reputation.

We shall see.

Seattle Pioneer
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