Skip MacLure at Conservative Outpost seems to think so. His post ‘A Tale of Two Republicans Parties’ draws a line between the New Conservative Movement and Republican RINOs.
His post is a good read and includes a very good clip of President Reagan speaking of the aims of patriots.
While I have to agree that the voice of the Republican party is the new patriots led by the conservative tea party movement, the fact is RINOs like Graham and McCain still hold sway with voters throughout the country.
I personally believe Graham, like Snowe and Collins, is a hopeless case when it comes to conservative values. It would not sadden me to see them voted out during the next election cycle.
McCain on the other hand, though he frustrates the heck out of me on social issues, is for the most part a fiscal conservative. I believe he can be convinced to jump on the conservative band wagon. He was my next to last choice as a candidate for president and I believe he never would have made it through the primary without the help of the lame stream media. However, as a Senior Senator he still has some value to the party if he can be convinced to join the conservative movement that is spreading across this nation.
If the Republican Party is to succeed, it cannot do it as a divided party. While I agree with Mr. MacLure that conservatives and conservative issues must be the focus of a reborn party, I would be reluctant to toss out those that still have some redeeming value to the party simply because I disagree with them on certain issues.
I am a Conservative Independent. I often find my views far to the right of many in the Republican Party. The creation of a Conservative Independent Party capable of challenging both Republicans and Democrats would be a long and time-consuming process. This is time we conservatives do not have. Better to find the ties that bind us and make us stronger, than cut loose those that may disagree with us on certain issues and lose for another generation.
I left the Democrat Party early in life because I could no longer associate with people who would not hear a difference of opinion. They spoke of Freedoms, but they knew them not. It was freedom of speech, freedom of the press, woman’s rights, freedom for this and that, but, speak against us, or point out our socialist values, and we will personally attack and destroy you. There could be no difference of opinion in the ranks.
I truly hope the Republican Party does not make this same mistake. If we only accept those that agree with us 100% of the time we become the socialist we most fear.