The Washington Post, which is well known for its concern for the electoral health of the Republican Party, frets about the dearth of GOP moderates in the next Congress. The paper correctly notes that moderate to liberal Republican members were especially hard hit in this fall’s elections. In many cases, their districts were filled with registered Democrats and their moderation didn’t save them.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that Republicans lost because they were not ideological enough, as many conservatives believe. But it does cast doubt on the conventional wisdom that the best way for the GOP to regain its majority is through a revival of the party’s Rockefeller wing.