GOP Must Purge the Kooky and the Credulous

by on October 28th, 2008

In spite of John McCain’s and the Republican National Committee’s best efforts, Election Day will likely result in their party losing the White House and sinking deeper into a minority status in Congress. I believe political extremism will ultimately be cited as one of the major culprits.

Therefore, it’s high time the GOP made a return to common sense conservatism in order to have any chance of making a comeback in 2010 and beyond. Of course, this means it must purge from its ranks all the kooky and credulous people who have become attached to it over the years.

The neoconservative hijacking of the party has allowed these people in the front door and kicked real conservatives to curb. Let’s hope this trend soon begins to reverse itself. Of course, this kind of house cleaning won’t be pretty but it must be done before the GOP can return to the kind of conservatism of Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley, and George Will that first drew me to the Republican Party. It will allow the GOP to rescue its brand before it’s too late.

Venom-spewing blowhards like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Ann Coulter will need to be given their walking papers. Those who believe the Republican Party will somehow usher in the Kingdom of God on earth will also have to go. This also goes for the right-wing bloggers who regularly post those reader articles with breathless, multi-sentence titles on In addition, it should show the door to anyone who has habitually made alarmist and outrageous claims, used scare tactics, exaggerated the truth, or flat out lied in the name of the party.

Then we have those credulous people — pitiful really — who honestly believe absurd notions like Barack Obama is a Muslim, he’s a terrorist, he’s dangerous, or that he’s going to paint the White House black and change the national anthem if he’s elected president. It’s hard for me to imagine how someone could be so gullible. The Republican Party should aspire to a membership whose average IQ is above 80. These people are pulling it down and need to promptly hit the road.

Terry Mitchell