It is pretty easy to see the writing on the wall when it comes to conservatives in the Republican Party. From Rush Limbaugh and the rest of conservative talk radio to far right pundits like Ann Coulter, none are happy with the prospect that John McCain could be the 2008 GOP nominee for President. To far right conservatives, John McCain is a RINO (Republican in name only) and he does not deserve to run as the GOP nominee for President. That is why I believe far right social conservatives like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter will find a candidate to run on a third party conservative ticket if John McCain wins the GOP nomination for President. In recent days, Rush Limbaugh has been going on and on about how John McCain will ruin the Republican Party if he wins the GOP nomination. However, in my opinion it is the close minded attitudes of Limbaugh and Coulter that are responsible for the demise of conservatism in the GOP. Extremism either from the right or left eventually is a self destructive religion that will collapse under it's own weight over time.
I personally enjoy listening to Rush Limbaugh on the radio when I can find the time. However, Rush has bought into conservatism as a religion, in the same way he accuses liberals of doing. Both conservatism and liberalism in their purest forms are religions and that is why conservatism is dying right now in the same way liberalism did 20 years ago. When asked over the years if he, 'Rush Limbaugh' was a Republican, he often times says, 'no, I'm a conservative'. Many people on the far left feel exactly the same way Rush Limbaugh does about their liberal point of view as more akin to religion than a big tent political party. Just like liberals have been known to run third party campaigns when the democratic nominee for President is considered too moderate, conservatives are likely to do the same thing in 2008 if John McCain is eventually successful.
The good news is that neither extreme conservatism or liberalism stay in power for a prolong period of time. In the 1960's, liberalism was all the rage as anti-war factions in the democratic party tried to create a welfare state in America. In the 1980's, conservatism lead by Ronald Reagan rightly moved the United States from a welfare state mentality toward a more self reliant condition. However, in the past 10 years or so – conservatism has changed from the days of Ronald Reagan into a group of people that do not accept anything but their own brand of conservatism as a religion and that is why John McCain will most likely be the GOP nominee for President and that is also why a third party bid by a true conservative candidate will fail in 2008.
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