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  •  Long standing tribal identity. (7+ / 0-)

    I think many older moderate republicans simply cannot grasp what's happened to their party.  Particularly those of my parent's age---WWII generation.

    My sweet father was a life long republican, but never really kept up with politics. For him it was more about efficient government than small government, even though he didn't phrase it that way. He was certainly all for SS and medicare, and was personally a very generous man.  Not one to count his coin.

    But he stopped listening somewhere along the line and just assumed his party was what it always was.  It wasn't worth trying to talk him out of it, not because he was so passionate about it, but because he really wasn't much interested in the conversation.

    With guys like Bob Dole and Collin Powell I think it's hard to admit you spent a life time in a party that ended up where the GOP is today, and maybe a sense that staying in it will help it become the more honorable party it once was.  

    Watching Dole sit there in his wheel chair as his fellow republicans voted down his cause was so sad, and although the GOP disgraces itself often, this was one of their uber low moments.  Disgusting.

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 03:28:48 PM PST

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    •  Very good point (5+ / 0-)

      I remember seeing that vote, and watching a Rick Santorum actually justify his opposition to the bill over some stupid theory about the UN taking over American sovereignty. Absolutely disgraceful.

      Colin Powell's interview on MTP was also heartwrenching. I can't believe how that clown John Sununu called him out on national television, such an embarrasssment.

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