Those Were The Days
Scaramouche, the Swashblogger
, has a charming piece of nostalgia What Happened To Real Republicans?
It will amaze the younger among you to read what the Republican Party once represented in the US. This concept of the party is what attracted the "moderate" Republicans, some of whom are still in Congress and state offices.
About the best that can best said about the current Republican Party is that they have absorbed the worst of the old Democrats: Thurman, Helms, and the other "Dixiecrats".