The GOP range these days goes from hard right to extremist cuckoo bird ■ Bob Franken / Columnist Some will remember that Ronald Reagan used to describe the GOP as a “big tent,” meaning it had room for a large spectrum of approaches to government, from nearly liberal to arch-conservative. Well, his alleged “big tent” certainly is “past tents.” The GOP range these days goes from hard right to extremist cuckoo bird. Anybody who doesn’t stand for exclusion and protecting the rich at all costs is dismissed as a “RINO” — a “Republican In Name Only.” The “Conscience of a Conservative” has been gradually overwhelmed by the expedient of whatever-it-takes-to-win demagoguery.

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