The Washington Post graciously allowed Christine Todd Whitman and her ghost writer to say Nyah Nyah Nyah on their editorial page today, and it's an immensely satisfying read.
Whitman really went out on a lonely GOP limb a couple of years ago by publishing It's My Party Too, a book all about one of our favorite subjects, how the Republican Party will die if it keeps pandering to the Christian nutjobs. And she was right! So now she gets to say things like this:
Our central thesis was simple: The Republican Party had been taken hostage by "social fundamentalists," the people who base their votes on such social issues as abortion, gay rights and stem cell research. Unless the GOP freed itself from their grip, we argued, it would so alienate itself from the broad center of the American electorate that it would become increasingly marginalized and find itself out of power.
At the time, this idea was roundly attacked by many who were convinced that holding on to the "base" at all costs was the way to go. A former speechwriter for President Bush, Matthew Scully, who went on to work for the McCain campaign this year, called the book "airy blather" and said its argument fell somewhere between "insufferable snobbery" and "complete cluelessness." Gary Bauer suggested that the book sounded as if it came from a "Michael Moore radical." National Review said its warnings were, "at best, counterintuitive," and Ann Coulter said the book was "based on conventional wisdom that is now known to be false."
What a difference four years makes -- and the data show it.
Ha! Christie must be both super-smug and horrified about how all her predictions have come true. And as we've seen since the election, the party is intent to purge even more of their moderates, even to the point where relentless GOP cheerleaders like Peggy Noonan and David Brooks are tossed on the scrap heap. Think they'll listen to her this time? Of course not! Sarah Palin ate their party! Yay! And now Whitman will get to clip a whole new collection of pull quotes like the ones above from Bauer and Coulter, but probably even meaner and more hysterical.
Are people like Whitman going to have to revive the Whig Party, or what?