Sunday, August 22, 2004

Right Wing? What Right Wing?

The RNC plans to put on a happy and moderate face for the world to see in New York.

[A]fter months in which Mr. Bush stressed issues of concern to conservative supporters – from restrictions on stem cell research to a constitutional amendment to bar gay marriage – the convention will offer its national television audience a decidedly more moderate face for the president and his party. If “strength” was the leitmotif of the Democratic convention in Boston, “compassion” will be the theme in New York, marking the return of a mainstay of Mr. Bush’s 2000 campaign, party leaders said. [New York Times]

No Pat Buchanan, no Pat Robertson, no Alan Keyes, no firebreathing dragons of the right. Everyone will be holding hands and singing Feelings. Just as the Republicans accused the Democrats of remaking their party for prime time, they’re just as craven. But the problem for the Republicans is that they have a four-year track record – ten years if you count the Gingrich era starting in 1994.

To quote Bill Clinton, you can put lipstick on a pig and call it your Aunt Mathilda, but it’s still a pig.