RNC Chair Michael Steele (photo: WisPolitics.com via Flickr)

RNC Chair Michael Steele (photo: WisPolitics.com via Flickr)

Politico has one eye popping quote from RNC Chairman Michael Steele:

“[C]andidates who live in moderate to slightly liberal districts have got to walk a little bit carefully here, because you do not want to put yourself in a position where you’re crossing that line on conservative principles, fiscal principles, because we’ll come after you,” [emphasis added]

I hope this will not cause Martin Niemoller to role over in his grave, but:

First they came for the Rockefeller Republicans, but I was not was not a Rockefeller Republican so I did not speak out.

Then they came for the Log Cabin Republicans and the GOP supporters of Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out.

Then they came for the Dede Scozzafava, but I was not Dede so I did not speak out.

And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.

To the non-wingnutty, moderate sane members of the Grand Old Party, are you really going to let the likes of ignoramuses Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and Rush the Entertainer drive the Dede Scozzafavas, and Olympia Snowes, and the Charlie Crists of this world out of your party? And the Pete Sessions, too?

Where is Lew Lehrman when you need him?