What gives when such an incredibly intelligent man like Senator John Douglas (ha!) says that it’s “disturbing how radically left wing the national democratic party has become.”
I could go on and on about how much bigger the federal government has gotten under the Bush Presidency and when Republicans were in control of Congress. About how our Republican Congress and President couldn’t get enough of big government meddling in the personal lives of its citizens, taking over state control of education, expanding Medicare to buy votes from seniors, spending money recklessly on pork projects, and mindless meddling in other state functions (remember Terry Schiavo?). Not to mention that one of the top 3 GOP Presidential candidates pushed for and signed a law when he was Governor of Massachusetts that required its residents to purchase health insurance whether they wanted to or not.
But all that is beside the point.
Don’t the numbers tell a completely different story from what party hacks like Douglas would have you believe as far as how “extreme” the Democratic Party has become? Many more voters are participating in the Democratic primaries than the Republican primaries. And it is not that one party’s primaries are more competitive than the other. They are both very heated even at this late date. So which party is the one who is out of touch?
Take South Carolina for example. Republicans should be very concerned that in one of the most conservative states in the country, 20% more South Carolinians voted in the Democratic primary than voted in the Republican primaries. I would not be surprised to see similar results in Georgia next week.
So how in the world can a party that is supposedly drifting towards McGovernism be so popular? And if that is really true, based on these numbers, isn’t Douglas predicting doom for the GOP this year?