The Republican Party once contained mighty moderates like Dwight Eisenhower, Nelson Rockefeller and the like -- but those days vanished after fundamentalists and Tea Party zealots came to dominate the GOP.
The latest Newsweek features several major Republicans who can't tolerate the far-right takeover of their party. Some of them:
Charles Fried, who was Ronald Reagan's solicitor general: "I most certainly could not support Gov. Romney, who has been pandering to the extreme wing of my party from the start of his campaign."
Wick Allison, publisher of The American Conservative: "I will probably vote for Obama ... . Romney is the opposite of conservative, with a plan that is fiscally reckless and a foreign policy that is unnecessarily militant."
Douglas Kmiec, who was a Justice Department official under Reagan and the first President Bush: "I am strongly in the president's camp, even as his opposition has been doing its darnedest to overstate a few concerns about the usual subjects ... . The president was handed the worst possible economic hand, and largely, though of course not perfectly, he has met the economic challenge."
We wish more moderate Republicans would try to swing their party back to America's mainstream.
After the rousing Democratic National Convention, polls found a surge in popularity for President Obama. An ABC News/Washington Post survey reported that Obama climbed ahead of Republican Mitt Romney by 50 to 44 percent generally across the nation. In eight crucial "swing states" that may decide the Nov. 6 election, Obama fared even better, leading by 54 to 40.
However, in the most important category -- among registered voters who say they're sure to go to the polls -- it's a dead heat: 49 percent for Obama and 48 for Romney. Therefore, the 2012 national race remains too close to predict.