“The debate in the 1970s was whether the party was moderate or conservative,” (Tom) Fetzer said. “That debate ended some time ago. Every Republican is
conservative batshit crazy. It’s just a question of how far are you willing to go to fight for conservative batshit crazy principles and values.”
Well said, Tom. In the 1970's, Jesse Helms was evolving into the most racist, bigoted, hardcore, right-wing fringe politician in the south. One would think that invoking the name of Reagan ad nauseum would be better served by invoking the name of Helms. Rob Christensen's article in today's N&O shows why.