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CURL: Coming in 2016 — a third way for the GOP
There’s former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The unmarried descendant of slaves is pro-choice, but with restrictions. And she supports civil unions for gays.
Another carving out an entirely different path is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. He is pro-life, but with important exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother — those “certain circumstances” from the Gallup poll. And while he vetoed a gay marriage bill in his state, preferring that voters — not the statehouse — decide the issue, he believes homosexuality is not a sin and that gay people are simply born that way.
Then there’s Republican-by-name-but-libertarian-slash-tea-party Sen. Rand Paul, heir to former Rep. Ron Paul’s sycophantic supporters. He’s already well outside the Rubio-establishment box, and wandering further afield. While he opposes abortion — even in the case of rape and incest — he says states should decide. Same with gay marriage: States, the good libertarian says, can decide for themselves.
So, a new wave of Republicans is coming, a wave that looks past the pro-life, traditional-marriage planks of the Grand Old Party.
By doing so, they hope Americans will be able to again see the GOP as Ronald Reagan’s “Big Tent” party and put aside the divisive social issues. They want Americans to see the common-sense GOP principles that most voters share: The federal government is too invasive, spending is out of control and taxes are far too high — on everyone.
Pity the Republican establishment candidate in 2016. He’ll lose the primary this time around — as he should.
• Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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