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Conservative columnist defines GOP decline

Kathleen Parker, the conservative columnist who correctly noted that Sarah Palin should have vacated the Republican ticket for the good of the party and the possibility of White House victory, has written a new and even more controversial column that is sure to further INFLAME the already grumpy base.

As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit.

Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D.

I'm bathing in holy water as I type.

To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh.
Dobson is writhing in self-righteous fury and jabbering in tongues as I type. But wait, there's more:

Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth -- as long as we're setting ourselves free -- is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among the party intelligentsia, one would hear precisely that.

The choir has become absurdly off-key, and many Republicans know it.
But they need those votes!

So it has been for the Grand Old Party since the 1980s or so, as it has become increasingly beholden to an element that used to be relegated to wooden crates on street corners.

Which is to say, the GOP has surrendered its high ground to its lowest brows. In the process, the party has alienated its non-base constituents, including other people of faith (those who prefer a more private approach to worship), as well as secularists and conservative-leaning Democrats who otherwise might be tempted to cross the aisle.
Here's the deal, 'pubbies: Howard Dean was right.
Parker is just begging for excommunication from the GOP, along with Will and Brooks.

Religious conservatives become defensive at any suggestion that they've had something to do with the GOP's erosion. And, though the recent Democratic sweep can be attributed in large part to a referendum on Bush and the failing economy, three long-term trends identified by Emory University's Alan Abramowitz have been devastating to the Republican Party: increasing racial diversity, declining marriage rates and changes in religious beliefs.

Suffice it to say, the Republican Party is largely comprised of white, married Christians. Anyone watching the two conventions last summer can't have missed the stark differences: One party was brimming with energy, youth and diversity; the other felt like an annual Depends sales meeting.
The burning question: will the GOP continue its alienating alliance with the religious right, a pact originally foisted upon the party by none other than Ronald Reagan, or will they "see the light"? Stay tuned as the "culture wars" that the GOP unleashed on the Dems disembowels the party of Lincoln... or finally causes it to break the unholy alliance with the holy rollers.
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