Ideological Parricide

At the end of a rather bitter column about the devolution of the Romney family’s commitment to civil rights between George’s run for president in 1968 and his son’s this year, TNR’s Alec MacGillis delivers this keeper of a kicker:

George Romney would not have gone through a speech to the NAACP without mentioning the universal health care law he had signed. And he would not have supported laws that will make it harder for many African-Americans to vote this fall — even the few who may decide, despite all, that Mitt Romney is the man for them.

The contemporary Republican Party has a habit of demanding this sort of ideological parricide from its leaders. Just ask the people at Planned Parenthood, who probably still have a picture of their former treasurer, Prescott Bush, in a dusty drawer somewhere.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.