There’s been a theory running around that Republicans, concerned about the craziness surrounding conservative reactions to health reform, would rein in the extremists and steam towards November in a state of calm and moderation.
The first shots fired from the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans don’t sound very moderate. Here’s what tonight”s speaker Newt Gingrich had to say in a press release about his speech:
“To win in 2010 and 2012, it’s not enough to say no to the radical agenda of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid,” Gingrich said in a released statement. “Tonight’s speech will explain why real leadership requires Republicans to offer a compelling vision of safety, prosperity, and freedom that stands in vivid contrast to Obama’s secular, socialist, machine now running Washington.”
Secular, socialist machine? One can only imagine the reaction if a major Democrat referred to the GOP as a “Christian Right, corporatist machine.” And it would have the added benefit of being largely true.