Some fear GOP is being carried to the extreme
Amid a rebirth of conservative activism that could help Republicans win elections next year, some party insiders now fear that extreme rhetoric and conspiracy theories coming from the angry reaches of the conservative base are undermining the GOP's broader credibility and casting it as the party of the paranoid.
Such insiders point to theories running rampant on the Internet, such as the idea that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and is thus ineligible to be president, or that he is a communist, or that his allies want to set up Nazi-like detention camps for political opponents. Those theories, the insiders say, have stoked the GOP base and have created a "purist" climate in which a figure such as Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) is lionized for his "You lie!" outburst last week when Obama addressed Congress.
They are "wild accusations and the paranoid delusions coming from the fever swamps," said David Frum, a conservative author and speechwriter for President George W. Bush who is among the more vocal critics of the party base and of the conservative talk show hosts helping to fan the unrest.
"Like all conservatives, I am concerned about this administration's accumulation of economic power," Frum said. "Still, you have to be aware that there's a line where legitimate concerns begin to collapse into paranoid fantasy.
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In one symbolic development, organizers of next year's Conservative Political Action Conference -- the country's biggest annual meeting of activists on the right -- said last week that they had rejected a request to schedule a panel on whether Obama was a native-born U.S. citizen.
"It would fill a room," said event director Lisa De Pasquale. "But so would a two-headed monkey. There really are so many more important issues, and it's only a three-day conference."
Læs resten af artiklen, der også rummer mere information om det vanvittige konspirationstidsskrift "World Net Daily", som altså er blevet et af de ledende organer for "oplysning" blandt den amerikanske højrefløj, samt interviews med andre republikanere, der i modsætning til de her citerede mener, at det er en fin taktik at sprede galskab og paranoia for at vinde et valg, da man jo altid kan skaffe sig af med galningene senere.
Igen kan man jo kun ærgre sig over, at det konservative parti i Danmarks egen ledelse desværre også består af galninge med paranoide vrangforestillinger (eller kyniske manipulatorer, der blot ønsker at vinde et valg med alle midler?). Men også i Danmark er der altså mere traditionelle konservative tænkere, som siger fra og kræver sit parti og sin ideologi tilbage - se bl.a. her og her.
PS. Tilbage til USA: Se også denne artikel i information.