GOP Old Guard for Kerry
by CA Pol Junkie
Remember when Republicans were fiscally prudent, favored an internationalist foreign policy with America leading the world, believed power belonged at the state rather than federal level, had a profound respect for the Constitution of the United States, and relied upon history as a guide? A generation ago, this was the norm in the GOP. Even George W. Bush's father held some of these traits. There were self-described liberals in the Republican Party, long since abandoned. Even conservatism has been hijacked since their day, so we have to call the conservative old guard paleoconservatives, to distinguish them from the now-dominant neoconservatives who have given conservativism a bad name.
The Old Guard still consider themselves Republicans, and they don't think George W. Bush is a good representative of their party. More and more are endorsing John Kerry:
Elmer Andersen, former Republican governor of Minnesota:
I am more fearful for the state of this nation than I have ever been -- because this country is in the hands of an evil man: Dick Cheney. It is eminently clear that it is he who is running the country, not George W. Bush.
Bush's phony posturing as cocksure leader of the free world -- symbolized by his victory symbol on the aircraft carrier and "mission accomplished" statement -- leave me speechless. The mission had barely been started, let alone finished, and 18 months later it still rages on. His ongoing "no-regrets," no-mistakes stance and untruths on the war -- as well as on the floundering economy and Bush administration joblessness -- also disappoint and worry me.
William Milliken, former Repubican governor of Michigan:
"This president has pursued policies pandering to the extreme right wing across a wide variety of issues and has exacerbated the polarization and the strident, uncivil tone of much of what passes for political discourse in this country today,'' Milliken said in the statement.
Milliken, a moderate Republican, has been critical of Bush and has faulted the GOP on such issues as same-sex marriage, flag-burning and abortion.
The Bush campaign dismissed Milliken's endorsement, saying he led under a different time.
Update: Here is Milliken's full statement.
Marlow Cook, former Republican Senator from Kentucky:
Lyndon Johnson said America could have guns and butter at the same time. This administration says you can have guns, butter and no taxes at the same time. God help us if we are not smart enough to know that is wrong, and we live by it to our peril. We in this nation have a serious problem. Its almost worse than terrorism: We are broke. Our government is borrowing a billion dollars a day. They are now borrowing from the government pension program, for apparently they have gotten as much out of the Social Security Trust as it can take. Our House and Senate announce weekly grants for every kind of favorite local programs to save legislative seats, and it's all borrowed money.
With George W. Bush leading us off a cliff, most of the GOP is doing the easy thing and blindly marching along. Some recognize that George W. Bush is not a great leader but rather a small man. For them, the choice on November 2nd isn't what's right for the Republican Party, but what is right for America, and they are voting for John Kerry.