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Observations from Charleston: God Help South Carolina

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Description: {William F. Buckley called for the GOP to purge itself of extremists to elect a Republican president.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's announcement in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Monday that he would end his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination is further evidence that the kooks in the party are purging themselves of the moderates. This may help them re-elect a Democratic president, Barack Obama }

    

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Fifty years ago, William F. Buckley argued that the Republican Party needed to purge itself of extremists like Robert Welch, founder of the ultra-conservative John Birch Society, who jeopardized the future not only of political conservatism but of American democracy. 

 

The GOP establishment heeded Buckley's call--and the political right was transformed into a force that elected Ronald Reagan president in 1980. It is doubtful that Buckley, who died in 2008, would be pleased with the state of the Republican Party.

 

"I've spent my life separating the Right from the kooks," he often said.  

 Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's announcement in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Monday that he would end his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination is further evidence that the kooks in the party are purging themselves of the moderates.

 

Huntsman knew he had no chance of winning the South Carolina primary on Saturday (Jan. 21) and little to no chance of winning any other primary because, unlike former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, he refused to ingratiate himself to the GOP's extremists.  

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Chris Lamb is a professor of Communication at the College of Charleston, in Charleston, SC, he teaches courses in journalism and media studies. He has written hundreds of newspaper columns that have appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles (more...)
 
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