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    One mistake I think a lot of folks make (not so much 'round here, but in general) is thinking that the Republicans have always been monolithically right-wing, while the dems monolithically left.  Of course, from Lincoln to the suffragists like Jeannette Rankin (the sole vote against the WWII declaration of war) on the Republican side -- to the Dixiecrats and the solid south on the Democrat side, political parties have always been little more than cramped, temporary holding pens for ideology.

    It's been, what, 30-40 years (i.e., the dixiecrat split and the rise of Goldwater) since we've seen a shift?   I'd say we're about due for another shift/migration/movement/etc.

    That's not to say that DLCers are trying to "bring down" the democratic party or performing some sort of infiltration mission.

    I think what we're seeing is the beginning of the migration of the "Rockefeller Republicans", the fiscally conservative corporatists who are more or less live-and-let-live on social issues out of the Republican party.  These folks are realizing -- I think even before the Republican power structure truly appreciates it -- that their party is being taken over by the worst elements of the far right.

    It would be ironic if the very "tools" Karl Rove, et al used to build a 2 termer out of nothing, consolidate power in both houses -- the radical religious and "traditionalist" right -- ultimately undermined the Republican party to the point of civil war and mass exodus.   What the RNC power brokers don't seem to realize is that these folks are no longer satisfied with the occasional bone thrown their way.  

    My suspicion is that folks like Whitman do.  After all - for a Rockefeller Republican, Bush's fiscal policy hasn't been much to write home about beyond tax cuts.  Ballooning deficits, the technological and industrial lead of America shrinking, etc....  As much as we like to demonize them, I hardly believe most of them want to be land barons in a dying empire...even if it means fabulous short term wealth for them.

    I think we saw a similar, small scale shift a generation ago as the 'neocons' abandoned the formerly interventionist Democrats for a Republican party that suddenly had elements more friendly to its ideas.

    ...or so my 2 cents says.

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