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Specter of Change

Lessons from a defection.

May 11, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 32 • By NOEMIE EMERY
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Let me say this about our friends who are now Republicans but do not identify themselves as conservatives. I want the record to show that I do not view the new revitalized Republican party as one based on a principle of exclusion. After all, you do not get to be a majority party by searching for groups you won't associate or work with. If we truly believe in our principles, we should sit down and talk.

Someone ought to read this to all of those "true heirs" of Reagan, before they end up with those 30 seats in the Senate that Jim DeMint speaks of. Or before as many as 30 seats in the Senate start to look like a pretty good deal.

Noemie Emery is a contributing editor to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.