Thursday, October 23, 2008

Unconventional Wisdom: Kathleen Parker on the Election

Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker writes in The Washington Post about a potential "reverse-Bradley" effect that may help Obama in the November 4th election.

Sitting quietly at their desks are an unknown number of discreet conservatives who surprise themselves as they mull their options. Appalled by McCain's erratic behavior, both in dealing with the financial crisis and his selection of an unsuitable running mate, they will quietly (and with considerable trepidation) vote for Obama.

Are they are worried about higher taxes, a premature withdrawal from Iraq, and Obama's inexperience in matters executive? You betcha. But they do not want to vote for a divisive, anti-intellectual ticket headed by a man who, though they admire him, lately has made them embarrassed to be Republicans.

To their credit, some of the more insightful recent commentary on the state of the GOP and conservative movement has come from conservative writers such as Parker, Andrew Sullivan, David Brooks, and David Kuo.

--Ballard Burgher

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