GOP Inquest

Rush and Hannity Will Stay On Top

David Brooks, a self styled “moderate” conservative, sees little chance of a Republican electoral resurgence in the medium term because “traditional” conservatives have snaffled all the funds. “Reformist donors don’t seem to exist,” he complains. “Any publication or think tank that headed in an explicitly reformist direction would be pummeled by its financial backers.” And right-wing ardor is too unforgiving to allow moderate, electable Republicans from doing well. “Anybody who deviates toward the center, who departs from established doctrine, is a coward and a sellout.” He accuses traditional conservatives of “living inside the large conservative cocoon and telling each other things they already agree with.”