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Commentators are wondering why Republican moderates aren't speaking out against extremism in their party. It's becoming more apparent by the day that the GOP has been commandeered by a gang of nutjobs--the Obama birth conspiracy theorists and the town hall meeting mobs are the latest evidence.
"What's wrong with these people?" asks Joe Rothstein
. "Are they afraid they will turn into pillars of salt if they speak out against the radical fringe that has taken over the Republican Party?" The party's moderates have remained "sickeningly quiet" even as these far-right elements seem to be moving closer to violence, he says.
We can't count on Bob Corker. He's afraid to say
for certain that Obama is a U.S. citizen. But Lamar Alexander is showing some signs of courage and common sense. At least he was willing this week to gently admonish health care protesters to be polite. Baby steps.
Alexander always has wanted to be a national leader. The presidency proved out of his reach. Now's his chance to do something important. He can help save the Republican Party from the radical fringe.