Republican Uncompromising Extremism Has Ended the Run of the Republican Moderate

Bob Dold is trying to look moderate for the election, but with Republican uncompromising extremism, there is no chance moderate legislation will come out of a Republican controlled house.

The Republican party has clearly made the anti-women, anti-health care position a strategic initiative.

In an election year, they're somehow not concerned about alienating over one-half of the electorate. The lack of concern likely comes from two conclusions they have made. First, allegiance to other causes will causes some women to act against their own interest and rights.

Some of these women will support their own degradation to be faithful to religious belief. With others, it might even be that their racism is stronger than they sense of their own rights, and the Republican is unquestionably using racism to defeat Obama. Second, the women who will stand up for themselves won't vote Republican anyway, so why bother with them. They've already chased away Olympia Snowe and Lisa Murkowski because they're betting that those losses won't matter when they can find so many more extremist women to replace them.

Enter Bob Dold. Dold ran from the tea party against the truly more moderate Beth Coulson. Now that he's in, he's trying to take a page from the Mark Kirk playbook and become a fake moderate.

reported that on Wednesday, Bob Dold introduced an amendment to Title X preventing Title X programs from discriminating against health care providers giving contraception-related services. Basically, this bill prevents Planned Parenthood from losing Title X funds. The bill is H.R. 5650. The full text is not yet available.

Dold is getting gushing reviews for his bill in the local press and on Huffington Post. I don't buy it and you shouldn't either. There was no political courage here because this bill will never see the light of day and Republicans know that. In fact, I feel that the cynical press-seeking introduction by Dold of this bill shows the opposite of what he's trying to prove.

Dold is trying to be the Mark Kirk moderate to repeat Kirk's House career, voting with his party well over 85 percent of the time, but just before an election, doing only as much as is needed to get those important-to-the-district endorsements like The League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club and Planned Parenthood. These groups rarely failed to fall for the trick.

Sierra and Conservation Voters ignored Kirk's effort to re-win their affection in 2008 Planned Parenthood always ate out of Kirk's hands even after he abandoned them on the Stupak Amendment during the health care reform debate and on the so-called partial birth abortion ban years before that and on so many procedural votes during his entire House career.

So Dold is trying to repeat Kirk's run, but I don't think his own party allows that anymore. There is no hope that a Republican led House will ever crank out a bill that protects Planned Parenthood or women's health or any sort of government funded or supported health care.

Electing Bob Dold will not bring little H.R. 5650 to life. In fact, electing Bob Dold ensures that H.R. 5650 will never make it to, much less out of, a committee because Bob Dold will vote for John Boehner for Speaker of the House and John Boehner will kill H.R. 5650 or any similar bill.

If Dold, wins, but the Democrats take the House, women and the men who care about them, will not have to rely on Bob Dold's bill. Democrats will have one of their own. Democratic opponent Brad Schneider would support a bill that protects Planned Parenthood. He will also vote for Pelosi as speaker so such a bill would have a chance of passage.

John Boehner has said that it is his job as Speaker of the House to fight everything that is supported by Obama. His charges do his bidding and recently a Republican candidate reaffirmed that his view of a Congressional seat is to oppose everything the Democrats want and demand total capitulation.

I don't think that the Mark Kirk fake moderate playbook will work for Bob Dold. Republican party uncompromising extremism has killed the Republican moderate, both genuine and fake.

Republican moderates have no purpose anymore because there is no chance that they will stay moderate and side with the Democrats when needed, even on issues they claim to support. If they do, I mean really do, not just put something up before an election, they're out and they know it.

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RB May 12, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I agree. The Republican moderate can no longer survive within the party. Republicanism is now ideology enforcement. What always surprises me is the demand they have for freedom within their desire to limit freedom? I just can't understand a position of individual rights, for certain individuals. Either everyone is equal or not, right? Well, actually no...they only mean equality within their narrow spectrum of what they deem to fit their moral mold. That's hypocrisy. Plain and simple.
Ellie May 13, 2012 at 03:40 AM
The Democrats had their OWN WAY for two years: Obama passed the Stimulus Bill, Obamacare, Financial takeover (Dodd- Frank Bill). The result is 5 trillion added to the national debt, the longest period of above 8 per cent unemployment since the 1930's, slowest recovery from a recession in decades (barely 2 percent growth). The Left (the Democrat Party) has failed. Why would anyone vote for four more years of this? Ideology is now irrelevant; national survival is at stake.
Linda Sheehan May 13, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Independent economists agree that had it not been for the stimulus-which both parties voted for- we would be in far worse shape now. Maybe you don't remember or didn't understand the cliff we and the rest of the world nearly went off. We were out on the cliff due to the reckless de-regulation, cronyism and wild spending of 8 years of the Bush administration. And no the Obama adm. has not had it their way for 2 years. The special interests and PACS,let loose like never before due to Citizen United decision of the Supreme Court, buying and using the Republican party like puppets- have totally obstructed middle class initiatives and confused folks who are understandably angry about the length of the recession.
Pat Lyon May 13, 2012 at 01:30 PM
The GOP bosses gave H.R.5650 bill to Dold, in hopes of trying to cover up his dismal voting record on women. Dold's voting record proves he doesn't support women. You're absolutely right that this bill doesn't stand a chance of passing, and the GOP knows it. - Dold voted to defund women’s health care. (HR 1, Vote #147, 2/19/2011) - Dold voted for a bill that could have led to the IRS auditing women who sought gynecological medical advice (HR 3, Vote #292, 5/04/2011) - Dold voted for that same bill that re-defined rape to make it more difficult for victims to seek medical care. Dold voted for it (HR 3, Vote #292, 5/04/2011) - Dold voted against a moderate’s amendment clarifying that the federal government has no rights to access medical records of rape and incest victims (HR 3, Vote #291, 5/04/2011) - Dold voted to let hospitals refuse life-saving health care to women and even restrict women’s right to use private insurance for their health care (HR 358, Vote #789, 10/13/2011) - Dold voted against a motion specifying that health care providers were still required to provide care in an effort to prevent the death of pregnant women in emergencies (HR 358, Vote #788, 10/13/2011)
william brown May 13, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Dold VOTES as he is TOLD he is a t party tool. And only reps the 1% and rt wing extremists
Phil Collins May 13, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Rep. Dold isn't conservative. He's pro-choice, and he supports allowing the federal government to give money to Planned Parenthood. He said that the federal government should give money to the CTA and Metra. If he was conservative, he would have opposed that spending.
John M. May 14, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Ellen Beth Gill is a partisan Democrat who loudly disagrees with anyone who doesn't conform to her narrow, liberal ideology. She even personally hosts her own Democratic-themed website, so she can regularly attack Republican candidates like Bob Dold, regardless of their positions or their records. For Ellen, being Republican is a sin unto itself. Voters should be wary of her "analysis" of Republicans, moderates or otherwise. She is not a disinterested observer.
Carl Castrogiovanni May 14, 2012 at 12:44 AM
"The Republican party has clearly made the anti-women, anti-health care position a strategic initiative." The opening sentence of this commentary is one giant strawman fashioned from wholecloth. As such, it renders the rest of the article moot. You Dems don't have a record to run on, so you have to invent stuff like this. Fortunately, this horrid 'article' is confined to casual blog forums...
Glenn Farkas May 14, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Who is Ellen Beth Gill? I'm sure no one has ever heard of her and with good reason. She is just the latest in a line of partisan hacks whose lack of knowledge is surpassed only by her lack of credibility. Go ahead and continue with your phony war on women mantra in an attempt to divert attention from the worst President in the history of this great country. The Independents and Republicans will go back to work, pay huge sums in taxes, and continue to provide the freedoms you so easily take for granted...including writing useless articles with little basis in reality.
RB May 14, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Republican..." providing Freedoms"? How much further from the truth could you possibly be. They want to take away freedoms, not provide them. Freedom to choose? Gay rights? Voting? Too many to count. Small Government? Only when it comes to intervention and regulation of the oil industry, banking and Corporations. Big Government when it comes to ideology enforcement. Yes, that's it...Republican Ideology Enforcement.....in the name of freedom.
Molly May 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM
At the moment I dislike being a registered republican but I'm not sure that a change to being a democrat would be much better. Unfortunately for the non-elected public most of our policiticians are ruled by lobbyists, party doctrine and the media. It would appear that neither party can get anything done at any time because they worry too much about their re-election soundbites. Whatever happened to the politicians working together to produce policies that work for the public? For a bunch of supposedly intelligent people they can certainly act like idiots.
Ellen Beth Gill May 14, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I find many of these comments funny, as if there are Republicans who are open minded to anything but the company line anymore.
Tony Horwitz May 14, 2012 at 08:43 PM
A new book out and being plugged on cable suggests that the current hyper-partisanship (especially in the house) can be traced back to the late 1980s and Newt Gingrich. In his quest to take back the house from the Democrats at all costs, he has cost the country a congress that works.
Carl Castrogiovanni May 14, 2012 at 09:46 PM
"I find the article and many of these comments funny, as if there are Democrats who are open minded to anything but the company line anymore." There, Ellen; I fixed that for you. Seriously, Ellen; painting with such a broad brush is silly and hypocritical.
Molly May 14, 2012 at 10:20 PM
How funny you are - you sound just like those nasty Republicans you so like to trash. I personally find myself extremely open minded to many view points. I only wish there were more on both the democrat and republican side who could say the same. Including you!
Carl Castrogiovanni May 14, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Ellen, The whole "Democrats good; Republicans bad" content of your article (and commentary) is childish. I bothered to look at your profile, and it's clear that you are as partisan through-and-through as they come. I don't fault you for that, but why would anyone care about you or your blog when you display such hypocrisy and such a sanctimonious attitude when they can get that from their own pre-teen children?
Sully May 14, 2012 at 11:09 PM
The republican party has shifted so far to the right, moderates in their midst don't have a chance (look at Richard Lugar... and he wasn't even that moderate really). Compromise to these people is unacceptable regardless of what the public wants. If their goal is to lead America into a theocracy, they're getting very close with the tea party bunch. Between the corporate whores (one of which is Fox) and the religious fundamentalists, the republican party is heading down a dangerous path, and there doesn't seem to be much that the more realistic republicans can do about it.
Michael Jones May 15, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Didn't know the patch is also read by so many NY Time readers. Big gov programs have never worked and never will. All the government does is steps on the citizens toes and wastes unbelievable amounts of many. If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day if you teach a man to fish you feed him for life. Liberals think it is perfectly fine to just give everyone fish and its NOT.


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