There are those of us who are endlessly frustrated by the Republican Party straying from conservative principles, but then there are those Republicans who are so frustrated that they threaten to leave party confines for “better things,” just how a goldfish dreams of one day leaping free from the aquarium.

Like the goldfish, some of the politically disgruntled don’t think their plan through to the logical conclusion. In other words, they’ll be free from the aquarium alright, and flopping on the living room floor — right next to the cat.

When I read news stories featuring counterproductive planning, I picture somebody sawing off the same branch they’re sitting on. This is one of those stories:

Key conservative and religious leaders will continue discussing a mass defection from the Republican Party in a private meeting at a Washington hotel Saturday afternoon, just hours after the pro-choice presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani speaks before thousands of pro-life voters.

The unnamed group of about 50 people first met in late September in Salt Lake City, sending shivers through the Republican establishment by adopting a resolution to consider a third-party candidate if Republicans nominate someone like Giuliani. “If the major political parties decide to abandon conservative principles, the cohesion of pro-family advocates will be all too apparent in 2008,” warned Dr. James Dobson, of Focus on the Family, in a published article after the meeting.

Why don’t they just go ahead and take some of the money they’ll blow playing fantasy politics and give it to their respective churches quickly, before the fiercely pro-abortion, pro-tax, pro-socialist candidate they ultimately help elect confiscates it all for the “common good”?

Besides, these members of the religious right may want to check out our pal Jeremie’s post at the CornBeltway Boys blog complete with figures that say Giuliani is indeed “pro life.”


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