"Thinking Republicans need to start their own party or go Libertarian.", corollary: Limbaugh stays Republican.
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"I feel very sorry for Hagel, George Will, Chris Buckley...all those smart conservatives who I may not usually agree with, but who I can at least respect and recognize as intelligent and competant as politicians or writers. Their kind used to be the most respected and revered, and now they are called "traitors" and "cocktail party Republicans." (and what's so bad about cocktail parties, anyways?) Any Republican with any sort of expertise or intelligence is demonized by the majority. Look at Republicans in the House of Representatives; Roscoe Bartlett, and Vernon Ehlers, and Wayne Gilchrest. They are the only Republican scientists serving in the House. Yet they have been denied positions on any House energy or science commissions under Bush because they refuse to say that man made global warming doesn't exist. Thinking Republicans need to start their own party or go Libertarian. I won't say "come to our side' because although they have the morality and intellectual fortitude, they still do not agree with the basic liberal ideology."