Social conservatives are wrangling with moderates for control of the GOP, plotting a January takeover of the Republican National Committee even if John McCain wins, the Los Angeles Times reports. Moderates like Colin Powell say the party has alienated voters—especially minorities—by narrowing its focus, but “moderating our party is what caused us to lose power,” a state GOP chairman argues.
Conservatives may deny McCain the president’s traditional role of selecting the RNC’s leader. They have already scored committee seats for evangelicals and others looking to refocus the party on abortion, gay marriage, and illegal immigration. Some even prefer a Barack Obama victory to clear out Bush and McCain strategists in preparation for a party overhaul.