Image Control: Are Republicans Back Peddling on Hate Speech and Fear-Mongering?
Today's version of Republican insiders who are concerned about the tone:
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday that he was concerned that Republican stances on social issues would alienate voters and make "the party look like it isn't a modern party."
Giuliani added that he was "absolutely" sure that the GOP's stance on issues like abortion and contraception could open it to the risk of a rising third party.
"I'm concerned about how do we get back the Northeast as a voting bloc when we seem to be not modern enough on social [issues]," Giuliani said to CNN.
The former mayor went on to say the issue of gay rights, in particular, could be increasingly difficult to justify.
"I think the biggest problem right now, I think abortion you can work out … but I think the gay rights issue is a more current one right now. I think beyond all the religious and social parts, it makes the party look like it isn't a modern party, it doesn't understand the modern world we live in," Giuliani said.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Thursday that he found it “troubling” that the 2012 presidential candidates are “appealing to people’s fears and emotion” on the campaign trail, according to reports.
Bush expressed concern about the type of rhetoric the candidates were using, but didn’t offer specifics or mention names.
“I used to be a conservative, and I watch these debates and I’m wondering, I don’t think I’ve changed, but it’s a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people’s fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective, and that’s kind of where we are,” said Bush, according to Fox News.
“I think it changes when we get to the general election. I hope,” he added, according to wire service UPI.
Yeah, when these two men are basically looking for the exits, you know the GOP has jumped the shark. Or, in Santorum's case, they've jumped the Sacred Sperm Whale