the death of the GOP?
From Fred Thompson in the WSJ with an op-ed piece entitled "The death of conservatism is greatly exaggerated" (hat tip: Linda Christiansen)...
I agree with much of what Thompson writes, but the title may be misleading. (Note: an editor, not Thompson, probably chose the title.)
The issue is not the death of conservatism but the damage/wounding of the GOP in its increasing distance from various types of conservatism (esp. fiscal)-- and perhaps the indirect damage done to conservative ideas.
For example, how about that farm bill a few weeks ago-- even in the face of the obvious political damage? The GOP, sadly, does not seem to be a quick study on this matter.
The rampant GOP disrespect of Ron Paul and disregard for his followers-- beyond mere disagreement-- is another sign. It will be interesting to see how RP'ers are treated at the remaining state conventions and the national convention.