Thursday | April 24, 2003
First cracks in the GOP facade
Despite leadership pleas to keep their mouths shut, a couple of Republicas have started to condemn Santorum's remarks.
And guess who they were. Olympia Snowe and Lincoln Chaffee. All we need is Voinovich and McCain and we'd have the entire "GOP moderate outcasts" establishment aboard.
So the seal is broken, will more criticism follow?
What's interesting about this whole affair is that it's put the GOP in a predicament. Efforts at convincing the public they are "tolerant" and "inclusive" and "compassionate" take a hit whenever they suffer a bigotry eruption. On the other hand, the far Right is watching carefully, and it doesn't like what it sees so far.
One conservative group blasted Republicans for their "timid" support of Santorum, saying they were afraid to take a stand on a controversial subject.Thus far, Majority Leader Frist and fellow PA Senator Specter are the only GOPers of note to offer Santorum support. But it's clear they walk a fine line -- between representing the bigots that make up the core of the GOP base, and appealing to moderates who believe in inclusion and tolerance. Posted April 24, 2003 09:27 AM | Comments (191)