When I heard a very famous Virginian, one who had been a Vietnam War prisoner of war, and a very accomplished man who normally is on the right side of things, recently tell an audience of conservatives that a certain Virginia Democrat "should be a Republican," I almost fell out of my chair. This Democrat runs around the state telling people he's bi-partisan and that if elected to the office he now seeks he would be something called a "radical centerist" — whatever that is. This is what that politician said in 1994 to a crowd of rabid liberals:
One of the things you are going to see is a coalition that is just about completely taken over the Republican Party in this state and if they have their way it's going to take over state government. It is made up of the Christian Coalition, but not just them. It is made up of the right-to-lifers, but not just them. It's made up of the NRA, but not just them. It is made up of the home-schoolers, but not just them. It's made up of a whole coalition of people that have all sorts of differing views that I think most of us in this room would find threatening to what it means to be an American.
Sound bi-partisan? Sound "moderate"? Sound tolerant? (Sounds pretty intemperate to me.) Sound like Mark Warner? Ding! Ding! Ding! Right answer!