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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Peter Gomes: Why I am no longer a Republican.

The Rev. Peter J. Gomes, the longtime preacher at Harvard's Memorial Church who delivered prayers at the inaugurations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, says he has finally thrown in the towel on the Republican Party. He writes in this week's Boston Globe Ideas section:

A native of Massachusetts, I was brought up on a very simple political syllogism: Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves; Abraham Lincoln was a Republican; therefore, vote Republican. With few exceptions, I have done so. It was always a matter of pride to me to belong to the party of Coolidge, Lodge, Saltonstall, Herter, and Sargent, men of probity and good government — or "Goo-Goos," as James Michael Curley used to call them — and I was proud that the first black senator in Congress since Reconstruction was Edward Brooke, a Republican from Massachusetts.

Thus, it was no small thing to abandon the party of Lincoln, and I did so not simply to vote for Deval Patrick but to affirm that the values I have always held, that stood for the best in Massachusetts, are now to be found in this non-Yankee from Chicago. Ronald Reagan, at whose second inauguration I offered the benediction, once said that he hadn't left the Democratic Party but that it had left him; I must say I feel the same way about the Republican Party.

("Words and deeds," Peter J. Gomes, Boston Globe 10.29.06, reg req'd)

Update 11.2.06: Gomes isn't the only Brahmin Republican to jump ship. The Globe reports that prominent members of the Lodge, Phillips, and Saltonstall families have switched to the Democratic Party and will be voting for Deval Patrick. ("GOP icons lament party's drift, head for other side," Steven Rosenberg, Boston Globe 11.2.06, reg req'd)

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 29 October 2006 at 1:11 PM

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November 2, 2006 07:27 AM | Permalink for this comment

Gomes isn't alone. Today's Globe reports:

For much of the 20th century, the Saltonstall, Lodge, and Phillips families took pride in their leadership of the state Republican Party. Now, citing their opposition to the war in Iraq and the state Republican Party's positions on social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage, representatives of the North Shore families say they have decided to vote for Democrat Deval Patrick on Tuesday.

("GOP icons lament party's drift, head for other side," Steven Rosenberg, Boston Globe 11.2.06, reg req'd)

Scott Wells:

November 2, 2006 09:40 AM | Permalink for this comment

I can't help think Gomes's tone is self-congratulatory and out-of-touch. Are we supposed to be proud of him?

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