Michael Tomasky has a pretty amazing article in The Daily Beast, and not in a good way:
What this country needs… is a large and well-funded and well-run organization to advance moderate Republicanism and elect moderate Republicans… Republicans behave the way they behave because every incentive they have rewards it. They are loony-right obstructionists because it pays to be that in terms of contributions and votes….
The presence of more truly moderate Republicans would, completely by itself, fix most of our government’s problems. Imagine, for example, that there were 12 or 15 actual Republican moderates in the Senate, instead of the three who are in fact there..
You know, you almost never hear the same concept uttered by Republicans, even though they believe almost all Democrats to be crazed radicals. They don’t say “we need more moderate Democrats”, they say “we must defeat the Democrats in the election.” This is probably how they got to hold the power they currently do.
Tomasky is over-thinking things. If you want to make the Republicans change, you don’t need more moderate Republicans, you need more Democrats of almost any kind. Imagine if there were three more Democrats instead of three moderate Republicans. Imagine that, since it’s far more likely to happen than nine moderate Republicans showing up from somewhere.
And this hypothetical “large and well-funded and well-run organization to advance moderate Republicanism” Tomasky proposes? Where is it supposed to come from? And who would be fool enough to go along with it? It’s a needless uphill battle. If you were a young politician starting out, why would you squander your career trying to fit a square peg into a round hole? Tomasky wants an organization to put together a band of mavericks to go on a mission that will almost certainly fail. That’s not a political strategy; it’s a “B” action-movie plot.
If the Republican party consistently lost to the Democratic party, they might feel a need to change strategies. Right now, as Tomasky correctly notes, there is no reason to do that, because they have been maintaining a respectable enough winning percentage.
Also, do you know what would happen if there were such a “moderate Republican” advocating-organization? Why, the Republicans would immediately denounce it as a Liberal or R.I.N.O. espionage plot. They’d laugh them off the stage.
In summary: don’t make life harder than it has to be. The way to get the Republicans to change is to vote for Democrats. I can see why we can’t have a third party in this country; apparently, even two are too many for some people to deal with.