Senator Voinovich: "It's the Southerners"
by Charles Lemos, Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 02:37:36 PM EDT
Well, they're sure to raise eyebrows if not ire in some quarters of the GOP. In comments to the Columbus Dispatch, retiring GOP Senator George Voinovich blames the southern contingent for the GOP's demise.
"We got too many Jim DeMints (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburns (R-Ok.). It's the southerners. They get on TV and go 'errrr, errrrr.' People hear them and say, `These people, they're southerners. The party's being taken over by southerners. What they hell they got to do with Ohio?'"
One Jim DeMint in the Senate is one too many. But's not let leave out James Inhofe of Oklahoma or David Vitter of Louisiana, both are an embarrassment. Until the GOP can resolve the stranglehold that conservative Southerners has on the party, it is likely to remain a regional party.