Joe Scarborough agrees with David Brooks. In a previous post I wrote about Brooks' recent column in which he calls for a second GOP of Centrists who can guide the party away from the crazies. Scarborough picks out a conservative in Virginia who has said controversial things, then draws a distinction between that conservative and Colin Powell, making the claim that the GOP has to win back the Colin Powells of the party.
This is what's wrong with Centrists -- it's why the GOP is imploding. Republican Centrists don't stand for anything except maintaining a two-party power arrangement and creating the appearance of smart governance. Any Republican who wishes to please Colin Powell, who voted for Obama twice, has no principles. Powell voted for Obama knowing that Obama would fight for national healthcare, increase economy killing regulations, cripple energy production, and basically push a Progressive agenda to the detriment of the private sector.
How can any Republican consider Powell a part of the party? It's incredible. The Republican Party is quickly dying, and the useful idiots like Scarborough don't have a clue. Centrists are proferring a false choice between a strawman radical rightist who thoughtlessly hates all government actions and their idealized version of a smart conservative who intelligently compromises for the good of the country, unafraid to govern when legislation is necessary, while at the same time wisely holding back the excesses of Progressivism. Cucinelli vs Powell -- good Lord. There aren't many, but there are a few Republicans like Rand Paul and Mike Lee, and, while they aren't complete libertarians, they are the closest thing to it in the party, and this is where the hope lies. After all the damage done by interventionist policies, Centrists are concentrating on government interventions to solve our problems. It's madness. We may not be able to limit government power before America collapses, but we really need to, because afterwards there's no telling what madness might rule.