Moderates Feeling Snubbed at Grand Old Party

Choice of Palin underscores how pro-life wing hamstrings party, some say
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2008 3:46 PM CDT
"We are discouraged by the platform, which was such a lost opportunity to reach out to moderates," one Republican said.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Where conservatives once felt uneasy with John McCain, his drift rightward now has moderates wondering if there’s a place for them in the Republican Party, the Chicago Tribune reports. “We are discouraged by the platform,” says one pro-choice Republican, noting that while she was glad to have a woman on the ticket, Sarah Palin’s far-right views worried her.

"It always bothers me that they say they can't choose this person or that person for a running mate because they're not pro-life," one GOP congresswoman said. "I respect all members of the party no matter what their views are, but [that attitude] does make it a little harder for us."