Originally posted by Towel
That's kind of a funny thing to say. Do you mean that since she (and her late husband) were "moderate" Republicans, they might as well be Democrats? That's certainly been one of the threads pushed by the Republican ledership of late, that there should be no such thing as a moderate Republican. Or do you rather mean that, as a moderate Republican, it's no surprise that she could find herself alienated by the Republican extremism embodied by this administration, as so many other moderates have been?
Either way, it's an interesting thing to say..."yeah, maybe she'd been a Republican for over thirty years, but she was a *moderate* Republican."
Just providing some context. Some have criticized THK for switching parties just when her husband was running against Bush. But I think it can be argued that Bush has been a pretty radical republican - the tax and budget policies, the pre-emptive war, the gay amendment - and so I think a republican who spoke out against Santorum could legitimately claim they're being consistent when they go against the Republican party of 2004.
She claims that she left the party for the way they ran against Max Cleland in 2002. That sounds a little too neat, but as you say, it's not hard to legitimately claim that as a moderate, the Bush republicans left you rather than the other way around.