Originally Posted by katachtig
The partisanship has grown very bad since both parties have drifted outward. The Republican party has associated itself with the conservative right for social issues such as banning all abortions and blocking gay-rights. The Democrats has associate itself more with the Liberal Left which is almost eco-terrorists, pro-abortionists, and gay-rights. Moderates were despised by their own parties. There isn't an air of compromise.
I agree with that statement so much! Yes, I am a staunch Republican, but NOT the way the Republicans are going right now. I am a traditional conservative, so while I do still support the GOP because they are closer to my beliefs than the Democrats (and especially the far left that seems to be taking over that party), I'm very disenfranchised as a whole and not at all surprised that they lost the mid-terms.
I think this article about the make-up of the Dems who beat their GOP opponents is quite telling: http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/11/...ems/index.html
The majority of the US is not the far right OR left that the parties are going toward. The majority are moderates who can see points from both sides of the aisle.
McCain, still considered a frontrunner for the GOP Presidential candidate in '08, recently said that the Republicans need to get back to their traditional conservative roots. I'm glad to see that someone in the GOP is thinking straight!
What I have gotten upset with in the past few years is how villified the Republican party, and all Republicans (myself included) have been by the neo-Libs (hey - if there can be neo-Cons, then there surely should be neo-Libs! LOL). The Democrats are not going to come into the majority and "save" the US from Bush and the GOP. They are, after all, politicians. They are not going to make the oil prices drop back to below $40/barrel. They are not going to institute socialized healthcare for all in the next 2 years. And the bipartisan efforts that they are all tauting (on both sides) will disentigrate very quickly once it really comes down to it, especially with the far left and right representatives being the ones who are supposed to "compromise".
I really hope that we as a country can do better in '08 at finding candidates that actually represent the majority of the citizens rather than the extreme fringe on both sides.