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Extreme – The word has taken on new meaning in the past 5 years. By new meaning, I mean lost it’s meaning. It amazes me how the Democrats have been able to paint their radical, socialist, fascist agenda as ‘moderate’ while painting those that would oppose it as extreme. It sickens me the GOP establishment won’t fight back against these charges. They would prefer to take political advice from Harry Reid and the NYT.
From the Washington Times
Who, though, are the real extremists?
Does wanting to place every single American under socialized government health care make you a “moderate?” Does opposing this make you an “extremist?”
How about opposing tax increases? Is that “extreme?” Or favoring voter photo-ID laws? We’re told that enacting such laws is not only “extreme,” but “racist.” How about believing that marriage is the union of a man and a woman? Too “extreme” for Virginia?
Ever since the GOP controlled Virginia General Assembly in 2012 passed a law requiring abortionists to give women ultrasound imaging before an abortion, Democrats have had a field day accusing Republicans of being “extremists” who want to force women to have “transvaginal ultrasounds.” The Democrats and liberal Republicans are fine, of course, with “transvaginal abortions.”
One TV ad for Democrat attorney general candidate Mark Herring features a woman noting that as a state senator, Republican Mark Obenshain backed the ultrasound bill. Then she quotes various authorities calling the requirement “intrusive,” “medically unnecessary,” “medical rape,” and “grotesque.” She finishes with: “Mark Obenshain, a real threat to Virginia women.”
The ad leaves the impression that if Mr. Obenshain is elected, Virginia women will be chased down the street by brute squads wielding vaginal probes. It’s very effective until you stop to think. What’s more “extreme” or “intrusive? Letting women see what’s going on in their wombs, or having an abortionist reach in to tear a baby apart? One action is diagnostic, while the other’s specific purpose is to take a human life. And yet one is “extreme,” and the other is about “women’s health.”…
The GOP’s idea of a good defense is the protective crouch. Candidates fend off reporters by ceding moral ground and trying to appear harmless. The well-fed establishment consultants tell them that this will attract the elusive “independent” voters. It doesn’t. It just depresses the GOP base, as it did in 2008 and 2012. The exception might be in a union-heavy, Democratic state, such as New Jersey. The danger is that GOP strategists may draw the wrong lessons for the rest of the country if Gov. Chris Christie wins big in his re-election race on Tuesday.
The defensive crouch — which Mr. Christie often admirably avoids, but to which he reverts on social issues — has been the GOP default for so long that many Republicans were scandalized by Sen. Ted Cruz. During his marathon floor speech for defunding Obamacare, the Texas senator incinerated the handful of Democrats who tried to trap him. We are so accustomed to Republicans putting the car in reverse that it was bracing to see Mr. Cruz instead put the pedal to the metal and run over his opponents, in gentlemanly fashion, with inconvenient truths.