Today brings another question mark about Ms. Parker. While most Republicans agree that they need to expand that "Big Tent" if they are ever going to regain power in Washington and in state capitols across the country, the Washington Post's token "conservative" argues that the GOP needs to start kicking the strongest segment of its base out:
Giving Up On God
By Kathleen Parker
As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit.
Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D.
I'm bathing in holy water as I type.
To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh.
Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth -- as long as we're setting ourselves free -- is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among the party intelligentsia, one would hear precisely that. (link)
"Afflict and marginalize." Churchgoers. The solid, unwavering base of the party.*
In other words, in this "conservative's" view, the GOP should become the Democratic Party and America will be a happier place.
With friends like her ...
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* This gal was probably busy celebrating Obama's win and missed the fact that it was those religious conservatives - particularly of the minority persuasion - who were victorious in the California gay marriage wars. Shun them? Right. And marginalize the Party for decades.