POLITICS: Live and Well
That describes both former Senator Howard Baker and, as he sees it, moderate Republicanism.
October 18, 2005 at 4:00AM
The Tennessean who once upon a time symbolized the moderate wing of the national Republican Party told members of Memphis downtown Rotary Club last week that moderation was alive and well in the G.O.P., despite one worried Rotarians description of the party as being dominated by the Neocon philosophy and the far Religious Right.Former U.S. Senator Howard Baker, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency in 1980, reassured questioner Jocelyn Wurzburg that the Republican Party will right itself. He said of what she saw as the partys current ultra-conservative tilt, Thats not permanent. The party systems going to survive it. The genius of the American system was that the two-party system managed to accommodate a wide variety of viewpoints and opinions, said the former senator, who predicted that a cyclical change would prevent any permanent pattern of extremism . Back in the 30s, it was thought that Republicans would never win again and that the nation was on a course that would ultimately lead to Socialism.