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The 'oogedy-boogedy branch': It's not only gays who are fed up

by Jeremy Hooper
To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh.

Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth -- as long as we're setting ourselves free -- is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among the party intelligentsia, one would hear precisely that.

The choir has become absurdly off-key, and many Republicans know it.
Which is to say, the GOP has surrendered its high ground to its lowest brows. In the process, the party has alienated its non-base constituents, including other people of faith (those who prefer a more private approach to worship), as well as secularists and conservative-leaning Democrats who otherwise might be tempted to cross the aisle.

It would be one thing if thoughts like the above came from this site, The Nation, or Daily Kos. It's quite another when promising, vindicating, long overdue, need-to-be-said words like the above come from a genuine Elephant rider.

Go read the rest of conservative Kathleen Parker's welcome admission over at WaPo:

Giving Up on God [WaPo]

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Your thoughts

You caught me with the words "private form of worship".

I've often wondered what happened to that. Religion used to be a private affair, or at least it seemed that way. I don't think anyone has to hide their religion, but I know there's a passage in the Bible that specifically says you should ONLY pray in private. When did religion become so boastful? When did it become a bumpersticker? When did it become an intregal part of religious belief to never shut up about it?

Posted by: Jason D | Nov 20, 2008 10:12:37 AM

I read this article a day or so ago, and I couldn't agree more. As I've told my oldschool republican friends (and they agree), the fakely religious people have hijacked the republican party.

The republicans either need to split and form a new party, or they have to tell Dobson, Perkins, LaBarbera and the rest to fuck off.

Without the combined power of the oldschool republicans, the sex gossip klan (aka "christians") will either fizzle out, or will be a tiny screaming nazi group that everyone will avoid like the plague - republican and democrat alike. Unless they find another party to latch onto and quickly hijack, which is doubtful. Like the "green party" is going to put up with their bullshit.

Posted by: Scott | Nov 20, 2008 10:34:28 AM

Precisely. The Cheney/Rove administration over the last eight years forced the GOP so far the right they had nowhere else to go, no voters to appeal to. Thus McCain could barely hold the party together because he had to appease the religious wingnuts, and Hillary could manage to court a slice of the moderate Repubs. And in the end, Obama didn't even need to worry about that segment of fence-sitters because he had the huge numbers of under-35s.

Posted by: latebrosus | Nov 20, 2008 11:29:12 AM

Yea, but, who's left? I loved this paragraph: It's almost EWWW!

Suffice it to say, the Republican Party is largely comprised of white, married Christians. Anyone watching the two conventions last summer can't have missed the stark differences: One party was brimming with energy, youth and diversity; the other felt like an annual Depends sales meeting...as did all of McCain's stops.

Posted by: LOrion | Nov 20, 2008 3:05:52 PM

They should change their euphemism from the Grand Old Party (GOP) to the Oogedy-Boogedy Party (OBP). At least is would have a younger, more hip name even if it still describes the same old Depends-clad crowd.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 20, 2008 5:37:21 PM

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